This volume, sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians, is a comprehensive, practical, ready-reference for the ED physician. Its content focuses on how to effectively and accurately diagnose and treat this unique population. Each chapter is structured as follows: High Yield Facts: a bulleted list of 5 high yield facts; Introduction: definition of problem and relevancy to older population; Epidemiology (if applicable): scope, incidence/prevalence, mortality; Pathophysiology: causative factors, predispositions, risk factors, mechanisms of disease process or injury, organ systems affected and disease course; Clinical Features: chief complaint, presenting symptoms key historical information, physical examination including general appearance, vital signs, specific findings, and associated findings.It also includes: Diagnosis and Differential: laboratory findings and ancillary testing (including indications for same and also predictive value of such tests, differential diagnosis; Emergency Department Care and Disposition: immediate management priorities (overview), initial ED management (to include both pharmacological and non-pharmacological care of the patient), subsequent care (if applicable).
It also includes prognosis. Additional Aspects of this book are: complications, controversies, pitfalls, medical/legal issues, ethical issues, and costs.
Table of Contents: Special Considerations Cardiovascular Emergencies Pulmonary Emergencies Gastrointestinal Emergencies Genitourinary Emergencies Vascular Emergencies Neurologic Emergencies Trauma Metabolic and Endocrine Emergencies Dermatologic Emergencies Ophthalmologic Emergencies ENT Emergencies Hematologic and Oncologic Emergencies Musculoskeletal and Rheumatologic Emergencies Psychiatric Emergencies