The Golden Hour

How to Care for Your Laceration

How to Care for Your Laceration

By Dr. Katie E. Golden A ‘laceration’ is our fancy medical term for a cut or tear in the skin, and a good reason for a patient to come to the emergency department (ED). Prompt wound care is important to prevent infection and promote healthy healing, and so we wanted...

What a pain in the . . . back side

What a pain in the . . . back side

By Dr. Katie E. Golden Year after year, back pain easily maintains a top spot as one of the most common reasons for an emergency department (ED) visit. Patients frequently come to us for both pain relief, as well as a diagnosis to explain why their body and spine are...

Improving Our Care for Pediatric Patients with Asthma

Improving Our Care for Pediatric Patients with Asthma

By Dr. Katie E. Golden Our pediatric emergency department (ED), as part of Hemby Children’s Hospital at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, has worked hard over the last year to improve the care of children presenting to the ED with asthma. They implemented a...

Diagnosis and Treatment for Stroke

Diagnosis and Treatment for Stroke

By Dr. Katie E. Golden When a patient presents to the Emergency Department (ED) for stroke symptoms, the evaluation occurs quickly because the potential treatment is time-sensitive. We do our best as ED clinicians to keep patients and their families informed at every...

The Anatomy of the ER Visit for Chest Pain

The Anatomy of the ER Visit for Chest Pain

By Dr.Katie E. Golden Chest pain is understandably one of the most frequent reasons that people present to an emergency department (ED). While it is a common symptom, it can potentially be the sign of a severe condition, and thus warrants a time-sensitive evaluation....