We’re in the midst of a global pandemic and, of course, everyone’s attention is focused on COVID-19. Other podcasts have excellent coverage of this situation. In this episode, we’ll be discussing other important infections that continue to affect our communities: HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis. Over the past year, the UC Davis ED implemented a massive screening effort to identify patients who have become infected. Dr. Larissa May explains how the screening works and some of the surprising trends we’ve seen. Infection rates were higher than expected and many patients had no idea they were infected! One patient tells us how screening positive for HIV, and being connected to care, changed his life.
This topic, as with so many issues we cover, brings up the broader question: what is the role of the emergency department in the healthcare system? We will explore this further in an upcoming episode and we would love to hear from YOU.
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Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Larissa May, Professor of Emergency Medicine with a Masters in Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Director of Emergency Department Antibiotic Stewardship at UC Davis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources:
Haukoos JS, Lyons MS, Rothman RE. The Evolving Landscape of HIV Screening in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Jul;72(1):54-56. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.01.041. Epub 2018 Feb 17. PubMed PMID: 29459057;
Leblanc J, Hejblum G, Costagliola D, Durand-Zaleski I, Lert F, de Truchis P, Verbeke G, Rousseau A, Piquet H, Simon F, Pateron D, Simon T, Crémieux AC; DICI-VIH (Dépistage Infirmier CIblé du VIH) Group. Targeted HIV Screening in Eight Emergency Departments: The DICI-VIH Cluster-Randomized Two-Period Crossover Trial. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Jul;72(1):41-53.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.09.011. Epub 2017 Oct 31.