Case: You are walking through the airport terminal when you notice a commotion and group of people standing around an unconscious middle-aged female. You run over and identify yourself as a trained emergency provider and assess the patient.
Case: 54 yr M with a history of rectal cancer and type II diabetes presents to the emergency department with pain and erythema to the left buttock. Symptoms began last night with minimal irritation and he initially thought he had a rash.
The term ALTE in pediatrics had previously referred to apparent life-threatening event. This event was characterized by some combination of apnea, color change, change in muscle tone, choking or gagging and was also witnessed by and distressing to a caregiver. This was the definition from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 1986.