Alameda Health System's own Erik S. Anderson, MD, Dennis Hsieh, MD, JD, Harrison J. Alter, MD published in the Annuals of Emergency Medicine! Amazing work that you won’t want to miss:
Abstract: Mr. Henry (a pseudonym) has visited our emergency department (ED) an average of 3 times a week for the past 5 years. He has a medical history of AIDS and end-stage renal disease, is addicted to cocaine and prescription opioids, and is intermittently homeless. His dialysis access is a frequent issue because, without stable housing, he is prone to frequent skin and soft tissue infections, complicating both fistulas and indwelling catheters. Despite receiving regular dialysis, he often visits the ED for urgent dialysis at least in part because he has access only to fast food in his neighborhood, which wreaks havoc on his fluid status and electrolyte levels.
Manuscript: Social Emergency Medicine: Embracing the Dual Role of the Emergency Department in Acute Care and Population Health