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

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Emergency Medicine is a brand new book focusing on the common pitfalls and mistakes that can occur when dealing with high-risk conditions during standard medical practice. Concise chapters focus on clinical relevance, addressing the mistakes, the consequences and the knowledge necessary to avoid high-risk mistakes. An essential book for all staff dealing with emergencies. Focusing on the common pitfalls and mistakes that occur when dealing with high-risk conditions, this book contains succinct chapters which focus on clincial relevance.

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“Clearly organized around the tendencies of the good emergency physician…It has a dedication to evidence, with the clear belief that data will protect our patients.”
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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
  • Sales rank: 696,180
  • 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



1. Evaluation and Management of Patients with Chest Syndromes: Richard A. Harrigan (Temple University Hospital and School of Medicine) and Michael A. DeAngelis (Temple University School of Medicine).

2. Management of the Dyspneic Patient in the ED: Jairo I. Santanilla (Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans) and Peter M.C. DeBlieux (Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans).

3. Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Abdominal Pain: Joseph P. Martinez (University of Maryland School of Medicine).

4. Management of Patients with Acute Back Pain in the ED: Michael E. Winters (University of Maryland School of Medicine).

5. Headache Management: Stephen Schenkel (University of Maryland School of Medicine).

6. Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Neck Pain: Joshua Broder (Duke University Medical Center) and Anita L’Italien (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

7. Trauma Management in the ED: David E. Manthey (Wake Forest University School of Medicine) and Bret A. Nicks (Wake Forest University School of Medicine).

8. Management of Infectious Diseases: David J. Karras (Temple University School of Medicine), Wayne A. Satz (Temple University) and Jeffrey Barrett (Temple University School of Medicine).

9. Wound Care in Emergency Medicine: Siamak Moayedi (University of Maryland School of Medicine) and Mercedes Torres (University of Maryland School of Medicine).

10. Management of the Pregnant Patient in the ED: Kristine Thompson (Mayo Clinic).

11. Pediatric Care in the ED: Ghazala Sharieff (University of California, San Diego).

12. Management of Hematology/Oncology Patients in the ED: Robert L. Rogers (The University of Maryland School of Medicine).

13. Management of Intoxicated/Violent Patients: Yesha Patel (Tufts-New England Medical Center) and Gus M. Garmel (Stanford University School of Medicine).


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