I’ve been incommunicado for a while. What better way to poke my head out of the weed than by calling attention to a couple pieces addressing one of my favorite topics - medical clearance for mental health patients.
Check out this study from Donofrio et al from Annals of EM: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24219903
There’s also a nice accompanying editorial by Chun: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24342816
I’m not sure we’ll get to a point where we can do away with the useless and wasteful “necessary” laboratory testing to screen all mental health patients, but these sorts of articles may help just a little.