Health-Humanities

 

Communication Between Health Care Providers During Shift Changes in the Emergency Department

In this foreword to observation articles by Barnette, Chandler, Joyner, and Zheng, Kiersten Licea writes about the importance of communication in emergency departments, especially during shift changes.

 

Function and Characteristics of a Level 1 Trauma Center in the Emergency Department

In this foreword to observation articles by Barnette, Burri, Chandler, Joyner, Luterman, Piekarski, and Zheng, James Carlson goes through the history and characteristics of Level I Trauma Centers, which provide the highest quality care possible and take in the most injured patients

 

Spanish Language Communication in the Emergency Department

In this foreword to observation articles by Campbell, Piekarski, Roberts, and Willis, Alessandra De Vito writes about the necessity for Spanish translation services in emergency departments.

 

Strategies for Making Young Children Feel Comfortable

In this foreword to articles by Burri, Holmes, and Piekarski, Heather Erlemann looks at how the hectic environment of emergency departments can make children feel overwhelmed, as well as potential strategies for making them more comfortable.

 

Working with Worried Parents in the Emergency Department/Pediatric Emergency Department

In this foreword to observation articles by Campbell and Holmes, Tobias Vestal describes how emergency departments respond to fears and questions from parents of their patients.

 

Pain, Pain Medication, and Opiates in the Emergency Department

In this foreword to observation articles by Barnette, Chandler, Joyner, and Luterman, Camilla Manning covers the rise in perscription opiate addictions and how emergency departments have responded.

 

Suicidal Minors

In this foreword to observation articles by Arendas, Barbour, Burri, Roberts, Piekarski, and Wheless, Sofia Chaoui explores how emergency departments handle the epidemic of suicide amongst minors.

 

Noise and Noise Management in the Emergency Department

In this foreword to observation articles by Barnette and Chandler, Colin Langfeldt examines how noise pollution affects conditions in emergency departments.

 

Homeless Patients in the Emergency Department

In this foreword to an observation article by Ariana Luterman, Journey Dreyer writes about the epidemic of homelessness in the United States and the unique relationship between the homeless population and emergency departments.

 

Trauma, Drugs, and Pain: Four Hours Shadowing at the UNC Emergency Department

Elizabeth Barnette

Reflecting on her shadowing experience at the UNC Emergency Department, Elizabeth Barnette writes about the daily experiences of the doctors and nurses that she observed. The stories recounted are both life-affirming and sobering, ranging from mundane to jarring.

 

Creating a Secure, Safe Environment in Psychiatric Emergency Services

In this foreword to observation articles by Arendas, Barbour, Burri, and Wheless, Eliza Athans writes about the efforts that go into creating positive psychiatric enviornments and making psychiatric services feel safe.

 

Calm and Chaos in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Emergency Medicine Department

Veronica B. Chandler

Veronica Chandler's observation article emphasizes the contrast between the hectic emergencies in an emergency department and the moments of relative peace.

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