ED Patient Restraints Foster Healthcare Distrust
Patients with behavioral disorders who were physically restrained in the emergency department reported distrust in the healthcare system and psychological distress. The patients reported a desire for more compassionate and therapeutic engagement during their visits. The findings highlighted that patient-centered approaches might be needed in the emergency department to minimize harm and decrease negative consequences associated with being physically restrained. Ambrose Wong, MD, MSEd, and colleagues interviewed 25 adults who were physically restrained during an emergency department visit. The investigators found 3 major themes from the interviews: harmful experiences of restraint use and care provision, diverse and complex personal contexts affecting visits to the emergency department, and challenges in resolving their experiences which resulted in worsened well-being.
DEM physician Edouard Coupet discusses binge drinking concerns on WTNH
The investigation into the death of a Southern Connecticut State University student is ongoing. The police suspect alcohol may have been involved. This may have parents worried about their child drinking on campus. Dr. Edouard Coupet, a Yale Medicine Emergency Medicine Doctor, tells parents what they need to know.
Yale Investigators' Lead Grant Awarded as Part of the NIH HEAL Initiative on Opioids
Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health and Dr. David Fiellin, Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Public Health are lead investigators in a $25.5 Million study being conducted by the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network’s New England Consortium Node.
Yale Expert Delivers Talk at White House on Role of Addiction Specialists in Hospitals
On June 25, Yale School of Medicine’s Dr. Jeanette Tetrault spoke at a convening of the President’s Opioid Commission and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the steps needed to build a national addiction medicine workforce and give Americans access to the care they need. Her talk, which focused on the role of addiction medicine specialists in emergency departments (EDs), was part of a congressional briefing sponsored by the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine.
Della-Giustina Receives Prestigious ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award
The Department of Emergency Medicine is excited to announce that David Della-Giustina, MD, FACEP, FAWM, Program Director of Emergency Medicine Residency, was recently honored with The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
VOICES Project to Curb Elder Abuse Is Kicked off at Yale Event with Senator Blumenthal
The Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Yale School of Medicine kicked off the start of a new project to combat elder mistreatment (EM) with a community event at Monterey Place in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, Jan. 4.
Study Helps Identify Patients for Restraint — Young men with alcohol/drug use; and some seniors, too
Most patients restrained in emergency departments (EDs) fall into two categories -- a relatively young and predominantly male group presenting with alcohol or drug use, and an older group with medical complaints, recent research shows. "Our data found strong association of alcohol or drug use with physical restraints and identified a unique elderly population with behavioral disturbances in the ED," the researchers wrote in Annals of Emergency Medicine. They explained that knowing which agitated patients in the ED could require restraint is valuable information because of a steadily growing number of behavioral emergencies and grave risks associated with restraint.
D'Onofrio highlights heroes fighting opioid epidemic in Emergency Medicine conference keynote
In May, D’Onofrio and her department were honored at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the field’s research arm. D’Onofrio was selected to give the keynote address, and Yale residents and faculty members received awards and accolades.
Dr. Barbara Banz Wins Award at 1st Annual Yale University Post-Doc Research Symposium
Barbara Banz, PhD, the Department of Emergency Medicine’s (DEM) DrivSim Lab Post-Doctoral Associate, was awarded “Outstanding Oral Presentation” for her presentation at the First Annual Yale University Postdoc Symposium held on Friday, June 8th.
Dr. D’Onofrio to headline 2018 SAEM Annual Meeting
The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) is pleased to announce that Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS, professor of emergency medicine and founding chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, has been named keynote speaker for its annual meeting, in Indianapolis, May 15–18, 2018.
Ngaruiya brings focus on health disparities from Kenya to Nebraska to Yale
Christine Ngaruiya, M.D., MSc, DTM&H (center), with other Yale recipients of Hecht-Albert Pilot Innovation Award for Junior Faculty. Ngaruiya received the award for her work assessing the burden of non-communicable diseases and lifestyle risk factors among patients at the Kenyan Casualty (Emergency) Department.