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BACKGROUND Monitoring unscheduled return visits to the Emergency Department (ED) is useful to identify medical errors. OBJECTIVE To investigate the differences between unscheduled return visit admissions (URVA) and unscheduled return visit no admissions (URVNA) after ED discharge. METHODS From January 1, 2008 to March 31, 2008, URVA and URVNA patients(More)
BACKGROUND Nonoperative management for selective patients with solid organ injuries from blunt trauma has gained wide acceptance. However, for trauma surgeons, it is often difficult to estimate a patient's circulatory volume. Some authors have proposed that the presence of a collapsed inferior vena cava (IVC) on computed tomography (CT) scan correlates with(More)
A 31-year-old woman without history of systemic diseases presented to the emergency department with spiking fever, chills, generalized myalgia, severe epigastralgia, and watery diarrhea for 1 day. Flulike symptoms had been noted for several days. Progressive extension of petechiae skin purpura (Fig. 1) developed within 2–3 h upon arrival at the hospital.(More)
A 4-year-old boy without any medical history of systemic disease was brought to the emergency department by his parent after accidentally swallowing a coin: one New Taiwan Dollar (2 cm×2 cm). An X-ray of the abdomen was arranged and showed a round-shaped metallic object over the left upper quadrant region which may possibly be located in the stomach (Fig.(More)
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