Erik P. Hess

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The goal of therapy for bradycardia or tachycardia is to rapidly identify and treat patients who are hemodynamically unstable or symptomatic due to the arrhythmia. Drugs or, when appropriate, pacing may be used to control unstable or symptomatic bradycardia. Cardioversion or drugs or both may be used to control unstable or symptomatic tachycardia. ACLS(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of contemporary automatic external defibrillator (AED) use. BACKGROUND In the PAD (Public Access Defibrillation) trial, survival was doubled by focused training of lay volunteers to use an AED in high-risk public settings. METHODS We performed a population-based cohort study of persons(More)
Introduction Basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS), and post–cardiac arrest care are labels of convenience that each describe a set of skills and knowledge that are applied sequentially during the treatment of patients who have a cardiac arrest. There is overlap as each stage of care progresses to the next, but generally ACLS(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Evaluation of emergency department (ED) patients with chest pain who are at low risk for acute coronary syndrome is resource intensive and may lead to false-positive test results and unnecessary downstream procedures. We seek to identify patients at low short-term risk for a cardiac event for whom additional ED investigations might be(More)
Andy S. Jagoda, MD (Chair, 2003-2006) Wyatt W. Decker, MD Jonathan A. Edlow, MD Francis M. Fesmire, MD Steven A. Godwin, MD Sigrid A. Hahn, MD (EMRA Representative 2003-2004) John M. Howell, MD J. Stephen Huff, MD Thomas W. Lukens, MD, PhD Donna L. Mason, RN, MS, CEN (ENA Representative 2005) Michael Moon, RN, CNS, MSN, CEN (ENA Representative 2004) Anthony(More)
BACKGROUND Infective endocarditis (IE) is a serious complication of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB). There is limited clinical evidence to guide use of echocardiography in the management of SAB cases. METHODS Baseline and 12-week follow-up data of all adults hospitalized at our institution with SAB from 2006 to 2011 were reviewed. Clinical(More)
INTRODUCTION The majority of victims who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) have ventricular fibrillation (VF) as the presenting rhythm and are thought to have a cardiac etiology for their arrest. Over the past decade, the incidence of VF OHCA has declined. The aims of this study were to describe the epidemiology of OHCA of non-cardiac origin(More)
BACKGROUND The Glasgow-Blatchford Bleeding Score (GBS) and Rockall Score (RS) are clinical decision rules that risk stratify emergency department (ED) patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). We evaluated GBS and RS to determine the extent to which either score identifies patients with UGIB who could be safely discharged from the ED. METHODS(More)
INTRODUCTION Despite a relatively high frequency of appendix nonvisualization when using ultrasound to diagnose appendicitis, many studies either fail to report these results or inconsistently analyze outcomes. OBJECTIVES The objective of this study is to determine the most transparent and accurate way of reporting and analyzing ultrasound results for the(More)
BACKGROUND The Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) risk score uses clinical data to predict the short-term risk of acute myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization or death from any cause. It was originally developed for use in patients with unstable angina or non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. We sought to expand the clinical(More)