Division of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Department

The University of Utah Health Emergency Department is a fully approved Level 1 Trauma facility and tertiary referral center that is staffed by physicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The department has a census of about 50,000 patient visits annually and provides excellent care for acute emergencies in all subspecialties of medicine and surgery. Patients from all over Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho and western Colorado are referred to the emergency department for definitive medical care.

All full-time faculty in the division are trained in emergency medicine and certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Attending faculty are on duty 24 hours a day and are directly involved in the clinical training of housestaff and medical students. Academic faculty in the division are active in ongoing clinical trials and research at the University. The division also has a Clinical Toxicology Consult Service. Other specialties within the division include Emergency Medical Ambulance Services and Disaster Medicine. The Division of Emergency Medicine also runs the AirMed Patient Transport Service.

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Aug 06, 2019

Pharmacokinetics of Tranexamic Acid Given as an Intramuscular Injection Compared to Intravenous Infusion in a Swine Model of Ongoing Hemorrhage.

INTRODUCTION: Tranexamic acid (TXA) improves survival in traumatic hemorrhage, but difficulty obtaining intravenous (IV) access may limit its use in austere environments, given its incompatibility with blood products. The bioavailability of intramuscular (IM) TXA in a shock state is unknown. We hypothesized that IM and IV administration have similar pharmacokinetics and ability to reverse in vitro hyperfibrinolysis in a swine controlled-hemorrhage model.... Read More

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Dr. McIntosh climbed Mt. Everest!
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Aug 05, 2019

Dr. McIntosh climbed Mt. Everest!

On May 16 2007, Dr. Scott McIntosh reached the summit of Mt. Everest with an all Sherpa team. This team included record-holder Apa Sherpa who had summitted for the 17th time, and the speed record-holder Lhakpa Sherpa who raced from Base Camp to the Summit in under 11 hours. Along the way, Dr. McIntosh performed physiological tests on the Sherpas to help elucidate how and why the Sherpas function so well at high altitude. He has published research on Sherpa physiology as well as lectured widely on the subject.... Read More

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Aug 01, 2019

Paid treatment for opioid addiction program

A patient suffering with heroin or opioid addiction can go to the emergency room at University of Utah Hospital and receive a one-time, five-day prescription for buprenorphine or suboxone, be immediately connected with a peer counselor and is guaranteed an appointment at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute's Addiction Recovery Clinic, where a long-term plan for recovery can be determined.... Read More

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