Emergency Medicine: Avoiding the Pitfalls and Improving the Outcomes / Edition 1

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This brand new book focuses on the common pitfalls and mistakes that can occur when dealing with high-risk conditions during standard medical practice. Concise chapters present a range of chief complaints and high-risk patient groups, focusing on clinically relevant pearls, addressing common mistakes and discussing means by which to avoid them. The unique format, offering 'key facts' clearly labelled and highlighted in every chapter, allows for quick reference at point of care, making this book an essential text for all staff dealing with emergencies.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Peder Todd Lindberg, MD, PhD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This short review is an attempt to shape emergency medicine practice based on the most recent high quality evidence in the field. Focusing on the outcomes they hope to avoid, the authors marshal current evidence to guide the thoughts and actions of the emergency physician.
Purpose: The authors attempt to use the most relevant literature to prevent thought patterns and behaviors that still lead to poor outcomes. Rather than covering the entire breadth of medical problems, the authors focus on what to do (and what not to do) in order to achieve practical improvement for our patients. By focusing on practical solutions, backed up with evidence from the literature, the authors are able to meet their goals in a concise and relevant format.
Audience: In the preface, the authors state that they intend the book for the seasoned practitioner, but that it would also be good for the physician-in-training. In fact this book is likely best used as a frequent review for any physician hoping to avoid bad outcomes in patients. While it would serve well the seasoned professional who lacks an official teacher, it is also an excellent example for the new graduate of how to use the literature to guide responsible and successful practice.
Features: The book briefly covers the most common or dangerous complaints in the emergency department, as well as some easily recognized groups of patients (pregnant, pediatric, intoxicated, or violent). Its organization thus lends itself to the physician first considering the patient, rather than considering a disease. Within each chapter, the authors organize evidence around specific pitfalls that tend to lead to bad outcomes.
Assessment: This book is clearly organized around some of the central tendencies of the good emergency physician. It is brief, sticking closely to the "take-home" points. It has a dedication to evidence, with the clear belief that data, rather than personalities, will protect our patients. It is complaint-based, rather than diagnosis-based in an attempt to catch problems that can be missed. Current, concise, and practical, this book is a worthy companion to help guide both the practice and the culture of emergency medicine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405141666
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/14/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Amal Mattu, MD Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency. Co-Program Director, Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Combined Residency. Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Deepi G Goyal, MD Associate Program Director, Mayo Emergency Medicine Residency. Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

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Table of Contents

Contributors     vii
Preface     ix
Evaluation and Management of Patients with Chest Syndromes   Richard A. Harrigan   Michael A. DeAngelis     1
Management of the Dyspneic Patient in the ED   Jairo I. Santanilla   Peter M.C. DeBlieux     17
Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Abdominal Pain   Joseph P. Martinez     25
Management of Patients with Acute Back Pain in the ED   Michael E. Winters     33
Headache Management   Stephen Schenkel     39
Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Neck Pain   Joshua Broder   Anita L'Italien     46
Trauma Management in the ED   David E. Manthey   Bret A. Nicks     55
Management of Infectious Diseases   David J. Karras   Wayne A. Satz   Jeffrey Barrett     63
Wound Care in Emergency Medicine   Siamak Moayedi   Mercedes Torres     72
Management of the Pregnant Patient in the ED   Kristine Thompson     79
Pediatric Care in the ED   Ghazala Sharieff     85
Management of Hematology/Oncology Patients in the ED   Robert L. Rogers     93
Management of Intoxicated/ViolentPatients   Yesha Patel   Gus M. Garmel     99
Index     109
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