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By MD Aware Emergency Medicine
Rebecca Smith-Bindman, Chandra Aubin, John Bailitz, Rimon N Bengiamin, Carlos A Camargo, Jill Corbo, Anthony J Dean, Ruth B Goldstein, Richard T Griffey, Gregory D Jay, Tarina L Kang, Dana R Kriesel, O John Ma, Michael Mallin, William Manson, Joy Melnikow, Diana L Miglioretti, Sara K Miller, Lisa D Mills, James R Miner, Michelle Moghadassi, Vicki E Noble, Gregory M Press, Marshall L Stoller, Victoria E Valencia, Jessica Wang, Ralph C Wang, Steven R Cummings
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of consensus about whether the initial imaging method for patients with suspected nephrolithiasis should be computed tomography (CT) or ultrasonography. METHODS: In this multicenter, pragmatic, comparative effectiveness trial, we randomly assigned patients 18 to 76 years of age who presented to the emergency department with suspected nephrolithiasis to undergo initial diagnostic ultrasonography performed by an emergency physician (point-of-care ultrasonography), ultrasonography performed by a radiologist (radiology ultrasonography), or abdominal CT...
September 18, 2014: New England Journal of Medicine
Helena Stockmann, Alexander Krannich, Tim Schroeder, Christian Storm
AIM: Prognosis after cardiac arrest in the era of modern critical care is still poor with a high mortality of approximately 90%. Around 30% of the survivors have neurological impairments. Targeted temperature management (TTM) is the only treatment option which can improve mortality and neurological outcome. It is so far unclear if bleeding complications occur more often in patients undergoing TTM treatment. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature research in September 2013 including three major databases i...
November 2014: Resuscitation
Lisa B Feng, Jesse M Pines, Hussain R Yusuf, Scott D Grosse
OBJECTIVES: Using computed tomography (CT) to evaluate patients with chest symptoms is common in emergency departments (EDs). This article describes recent trends of CT use in U.S. EDs for patients presenting with symptoms common to acute pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: The 2001-2009 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), a nationally representative survey of U.S. ED encounters, was used for data collection. Patients with at least one of three complaints (chest pain, dyspnea, or hemoptysis) were categorized into the chest symptom study (CSS) group...
October 2013: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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