The Golden Hour

Explaining Unexplained Abdominal Pain

Explaining Unexplained Abdominal Pain

Explaining Unexplained Abdominal Pain by Dr. Katie E. Golden, MD Abdominal pain is a common symptom that brings patients to the emergency department (ED) for evaluation. It is also common that our ED workup does not find an identifiable cause, and patients are...

The Gallstone Groans

The Gallstone Groans

  By Dr. Katie E. Golden, MD   Gallstones are a common condition we diagnose in the emergency department (ED), and can sometimes lead to repeated visits for recurrent episodes. If you have been diagnosed with gallstones, here are some important things to...

When am I going to see the doctor?

When am I going to see the doctor?

By Dr.Katie E. Golden When you consider the average timeline of a patient’s emergency department (ED) visit, a relatively small amount of that experience is spent with a doctor at the bedside. This can naturally leave a patient wondering if they got anything out of...

Dying for Antibiotics

Dying for Antibiotics

By Dr.Katie E. Golden, MD   It’s almost fall, which promises the glorious return of cooler temperatures, football season, and children in school. This also means the return of cold and flu season, and there is nothing like a sore throat and stuffy nose to spoil...

Relaxing Under the Pressure: High Blood Pressure in the ER

Relaxing Under the Pressure: High Blood Pressure in the ER

By Katie E. Golden, MD What do those numbers even mean? Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most common diseases in the United States. Many doctors counsel their patients on the need for good blood pressure control without explaining the fundamentals...

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....