William K. Mallon

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OBJECTIVE To measure the degree of burnout among emergency physicians (EPs) and to identify and rank predictive factors. METHODS Using the Maslach Burnout Inventory as well as a 79-item questionnaire, a cross-sectional survey was conducted for physician registrants at the Annual Scientific Assemblies of the American College of Emergency Physicians from(More)
BACKGROUND Two methods of paralysis are available for rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in the emergency department (ED): depolarizing agents such as succinylcholine, and non-depolarizing drugs such as rocuronium. Rocuronium is a useful alternative when succinylcholine is contraindicated. Contraindications to succinylcholine include allergy, history of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether manually measured QT dispersion (QTD) may be a useful diagnostic adjunct for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in emergency department patients with chest pain (CP) and nondiagnostic initial electrocardiograms (ECGs). METHODS This was a retrospective review of a cohort of patients admitted to the coronary triage unit (CTU)(More)
The case presented offers a demonstration of a rare yet devastating condition that may go unrecognized and incompletely worked up by the emergency physician. Internal carotid artery dissection is seen most often in previously healthy, young patients and thus all efforts toward diagnosing this condition and providing proper stabilization must be made.(More)
Over the past 60 years, trauma has become the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the pregnant patient. The emotional and physiological challenges of treating two patients simultaneously adds to an already stressful situation. Resuscitation of the pregnant trauma patient is discussed from the prehospital setting to disposition. Also discussed are(More)
As the prevalence of HIV infection continues to increase, EPs will be called upon to evaluate increasing numbers of AIDS patients who have abdominal pain, some of whom will require emergent surgical intervention. In addition to the myriad causes of abdominal pain in the nonimmunocompromised patient, the differential diagnosis in the AIDS patient includes a(More)
OBJECTIVE The economic benefits of reducing emergency department (ED) crowding are potentially substantial as they may decrease hospital length of stay. Hospital administrators and public officials may therefore be motivated to implement crowding protocols. We sought to identify a potential cost of ED crowding by evaluating the contribution of excess ED(More)
Tattoos and piercings are increasingly part of everyday life for large sections of the population, and more emergency physicians are seeing these body modifications (BM) adorn their patients. In this review we elucidate the most common forms of these BMs, we describe how they may affect both the physical and psychological health of the patient undergoing(More)
STUDY PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy of adenosine in the treatment of emergency department patients with unstable paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). DESIGN A retrospective chart review conducted over two years. SETTING A university-affiliated hospital ED. PARTICIPANTS Patients with unstable PSVT (systolic blood pressure of less than 90(More)