CSF Hydrothorax

A 30-year-old African-American female presented to the Emergency Department with a complaint of a cough for two months.

Read More

The Basics of Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in the Emergency Department

Nearly eight million emergency department (ED) visits are attributed to alcohol every year in the United States. A substantial proportion is due to trauma. In 2005, 16,885 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. Patients with alcohol-use problems (AUPs) are not only more likely to drive after drinking but are also at greater risk for serious alcohol-related illness and injury.

Read More

The Holy grail, genes and Number Needed to Treat

  Author Affiliation Mel Herbert, MD, MBBS Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California In this month’s WestJEM, Henderson and colleagues report on a preliminary study of the genetics of asthma therapy1. It seems like a simple enough piece, short, to the point, preliminary, not earth-shattering, and yet it points to a brave […]

Read More

Asthma: Effect of genotype on Response to Therapy in the Emergency Department

We examined the effect of two β2-adrenoreceptor (β2AR) polymorphisms (A46G and C79G) in asthmatics presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) in relation to their response to standard therapy measured by change in Forced Expiratory Volume at one second (FEV1). Our hypothesis was that the polymorphisms in the β2AR gene would predict clinical response to therapy with 46G and 79C displaying decreased response to inhaled therapy.

Read More

Contact Information

WestJEM/ Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Irvine Health

333 The City Blvd. West, Rt 128-01
Suite 640
Orange, CA 92868, USA
Phone: 1-714-456-6389


ISSN: 1936-900X
e-ISSN: 1936-9018

ISSN: 2474-252X

Our Philosophy

Emergency Medicine is a specialty which closely reflects societal challenges and consequences of public policy decisions. The emergency department specifically deals with social injustice, health and economic disparities, violence, substance abuse, and disaster preparedness and response. This journal focuses on how emergency care affects the health of the community and population, and conversely, how these societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population who seek care in the emergency department. The development of better systems to provide emergency care, including technology solutions, is critical to enhancing population health.