Allison Tadros

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OBJECTIVES To estimate the incidence of all-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related injury hospitalizations in the United States from 2000 through 2004, and to describe the types of injuries and associated hospital costs for the entire population. METHODS Data for 2000 through 2004 were obtained from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Acute stroke is a time-dependent emergency in which patients often arrive outside of the therapeutic treatment windows. To determine the role that healthlines may have in promoting early presentation, this study evaluated patterns of healthline triage of potential stroke patients. METHODS Phone numbers of healthlines at 82 United(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Although previous studies using mass media have demonstrated successful public stroke awareness campaigns, they may have been too costly for smaller communities to implement. The goal of this study was to investigate if a novel emergency medical services (EMS) -sponsored community awareness campaign could increase public stroke(More)
BACKGROUND Older adults represent a growing percentage of the United States (US) population living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The Emergency Department plays an integral role in the identification and initial evaluation and treatment of patients with HIV. OBJECTIVE We sought to estimate the number of hospitalizations of older adults (age ≥ 50(More)
BACKGROUND A single-site study described differences between homeless and non-homeless patient utilization of the emergency department (ED). No prior study has examined ED use by the homeless on a national level. OBJECTIVE To analyze national ED utilization by homeless patients. METHODS Data were extracted from the 2005 National Hospital Ambulatory(More)
BACKGROUND Prescription opioid abuse and overdose has steadily increased in the United States (US) over the past two decades, and current research has shown a dramatic increase in hospitalizations resulting from opioid poisonings. Still, much is unknown about the clinical and demographic features of patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) for(More)
OBJECTIVE Only 31%-52% of stroke calls are accurately identified by 9-1-1 dispatchers according to prior studies. Recognizing the time-dependent nature of acute stroke, better identification of stroke patients at the time of their 9-1-1 calls may allow an improved prehospital response. We sought to identify any words/phrases that 9-1-1 dispatchers could use(More)
BACKGROUND Prescription medication abuse is an increasingly recognized problem in the United States. As more opioids are being prescribed and abused by adults, there is an increased risk of both accidental and intentional exposure to children and adolescents. The impact of pediatric exposures to prescription pain pills has not been well studied. (More)
UNLABELLED Staffing of rural emergency departments (ED) with residency-trained, board certified emergency physicians has been an ongoing challenge in the field of Emergency Medicine. OBJECTIVES To describe the West Virginia (WV) emergency medicine (EM) workforce and make comparisons with the most recent (1999) national EM workforce study and the 1996 WV(More)
Violence against health care workers is an unfortunately common event. Because of several inherent factors, emergency departments are particularly vulnerable. Once an incident occurs, it often goes unreported and leads to both physical and mental trauma. Health care workers should learn to recognize the cues that patients are escalating toward violence and(More)