Category: Emergency Medicine

Changing the Experience for Emergency Patients

Changing the Experience for Emergency Patients

In an emergency department that receives more than 82,000 visits per year, patients can often experience full waiting rooms and extended wait times. Even with these challenges, the Barnes-Jewish Hospital emergency services team is on a mission of continuing to provide exceptional patient care while also improving patient satisfaction.
In the summer of 2014, we

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Not If, But When: Disaster Preparedness

Not If, But When: Disaster Preparedness

In recent years, devastating tornadoes, hurricanes and fires; explosions at manufacturing plants; and mass-casualty shootings and bombings have brought home the fact that every town and city needs to prepare an effective and efficient response to a variety of community emergencies.
“St. Louis is vulnerable to tornadoes and flooding, and according to geologists, it’s pretty

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Staying safe in hot weather

Staying safe in hot weather

As summer temperatures continue to rise, it’s critical to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat’s effects on the body.
“Heat-related illnesses and deaths are almost always preventable,” says Mark Levine, MD, Washington University emergency room physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “It’s important that everyone is aware of how to protect themselves during hot weather.”
That

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New strain of norovirus hits St. Louis

New strain of norovirus hits St. Louis

The St. Louis region may have been spared the worst of the flu season, but the new strain of norovirus that has been sweeping the globe since September is not passing us by.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United

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Barnes-Jewish To Host Annual BBQ For EMS

Barnes-Jewish To Host Annual BBQ For EMS

The services our community fire personnel, paramedics, EMTs, police officers and other emergency medical service (EMS) professionals provide are invaluable. That’s why Washington University EMS, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital are inviting these important people to a BBQ lunch this Thursday, May 24th.
“We look forward to this celebration every year,” says Julie

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A Thank You to St. Louis Emergency Responders

A Thank You to St. Louis Emergency Responders

We want to thank the emergency medical service (EMS) responders for their outstanding work in handling Saturday’s incident near Busch Stadium. As you may have heard, dozens were injured after heavy winds associated with a thunderstorm blew over a tent at a bar near the ballpark.
At Barnes-Jewish, EMS sent us nine patients with several

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Cardinal Fever – at the ballpark with Dr. Tan

We caught up with Dr. David Tan, who is the chief of the EMS Section of the Department of Emergency Medicine here at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. You may have seen him and members of the department at the Cardinals Games, treating fans on-site or preparing them for a trip to the hospital.  We were curious as

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Candace Nall, emergency medicine resident, talks patient care

As part of our For Every Patient campaign, we are interviewing team members and asking them how they incorporate our ICARE values into their everyday duties.
I have to say, our employees are outstanding. They love to talk about how much they love their jobs, why taking care of patients is so special to them,

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Washington University Emergency Physicians Don't Only Work in the ER

When you think of an emergency physician, you may think only of an emergency room. Not at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish.
Last night, FOX2’s Tom O’Neal did a feature on their role in the community as medical response personnel.
It’s timely as one member of that group, Brian Froelke, MD, continues his work in Joplin,

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Feeling sick at Busch Stadium – what can you do?

Cardinal fever – it’s not an actual illness, but it does have the power to make a fan sweaty and light-headed when they’re in the presence of greatness, which happens often at Busch Stadium. It’s swept our fair city, and fans are showing up in droves to take in our home games. But what if

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