Frank W Lavoie

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Violence in the emergency department is a common concern. However, most aspects of this problem remain unstudied because no organization or government agency tracks such data and no regulatory or administrative guidelines adequately address its management. We surveyed 170 US teaching hospital ED medical directors with respect to violence and security issues(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To determine the frequency of, and patient population requiring involuntary treatment orders in the emergency department. DESIGN Retrospective review of all patients requiring involuntary treatment orders during a one-month study period. SETTING An urban, university hospital, adult emergency department with 45,000 annual patient visits.(More)
Nicotine is one of the most readily available and commonly abused drugs in modern society. However, serious or fatal overdoses of this agent are rare. We present a case of intentional fatal ingestion of nicotine alkaloid solution. This diagnosis may be elusive since nicotine is commonly qualitatively identified on urine toxicology screens, but is seldom(More)
Although external decontamination is an integral aspect of the emergency management of hazardous chemicals exposure, no standard protocol or report of human experience is available. We performed a retrospective review of all patients decontaminated in our emergency department over a 6-y period for hazardous chemicals exposure. Patients were treated by a(More)
Electrocardiographic changes and quantitative plasma drug levels associated with cyclic antidepressant (TCA) overdose have been the subject of many reports in the medical literature. Heart rate, QRS duration, QT interval, and most recently, the terminal 40 ms QRS (T40) axis have been reported to be valuable indicators in TCA overdose. The value of plasma(More)
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