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ISBN-13: 978-1405154000
ISBN-10: 1405154004
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?Until now there has been a paucity of truly evidence-based guidance for diagnostic and clinical decision making in the ED. Pines and Everett have smartly aggregated a substantial body of information into a compact textbook format for emergency practitioners.? ( Annals of Emergency Medicine, September 2009)

?Presentation of clinical examples and the comprehensive discussion of current decision rules as worked out from the literature will appeal not only to those working in emergency medicine but also to those involved in developing clinical guidelines.? (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, November 2008)

?Evidence based Emergency Care has a strong place in current practice. The authors review a large number of clinical decision rules and studies comparing diagnostic modalities? (Respiratory Care, June 2009)

?The chapter structure works very well and the author commentary provides a useful bottom-line conclusion and practical insight. The book is well organized and well written, with sufficient depth to address each of the clinical diagnostic questions. The authors provide a balanced, evidence-based approach that encourages readers to review relevant data and draw their own conclusions. Overall, emergency medicine and critical care pharmacists will find this a useful pocket-sized diagnostic testing and clinical decision guide.? (Annals of Pharmacotherapy, December 2008)

?This practical guide will be useful to anyone practicing emergency medicine. The authors are well regarded, board-certified emergency medicine physicians. The authors do an excellent job of providing clinically relevant evidence that we can use to support our daily decisions in the emergency department. Provide[s] a good summary of clinically useful information that will help each of us to make better informed, evidence-based decisions.? (Doody's Book Reviews, November 2008)

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This handbook provides a concise compilation of the evidence supporting diagnostic testing and clinical decision rules in emergency care. Clinical decision rules are now widely recognised as best practice for the ordering of diagnostic tests in the emergency department.

Aimed at all physicians working with emergency and acute patients, the book begins with an overview of how to evaluate a diagnostic test using an evidence-based approach, followed by an explanation of the clinical decision rules and the methods of assessing the strength and applicability of the clinical prediction rule.

These introductory chapters are followed by sections covering the following clinical areas:

  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Surgical and Abdominal Complaints
  • Urology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology, Hematology, Rheumatology
  • Pulmonology.

For each test and clinical decision rule, the most current and best available studies in the literature are discussed and applied to emergency department and acute care patients in addressing the question at hand, followed by an overall recommendation on how to use the test or rule in the clinical context.

Evidence-based Emergency Care is an accessible and extremely useful reference for physicians at all levels to use in applying an evidence-based approach to ordering and interpreting tests in an acute care environment.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: BMJ Books; 1 edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405154004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405154000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,950,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Genevre on December 28, 2008
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As a emergency physician years removed from residency, this book was an excellent review of the biostatistic terminology and concepts essential to interpreting clinical trials. The reviews of each subject provide a clear and concise summary of the latest research, allowing me to have a wealth of information at my disposal without having to dig up each individual study. The results are presented objectively and are methodically analyzed. I intend to bring this book to the ED and leave it for all of my colleagues to have during their shifts as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Luciano on May 11, 2009
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This book represents the practical application of evidence-based medicine (EBM)rules in the emergency care of very common cases.
Personally is the first one that I have read with this subject and has been very useful in my practice as a General Surgeon dealing with patients and teaching medicine students and surgery residents.
I recommend this issue at any level of knowledge of EBM, beginner or advanced, especially for those interested in applying the best current and practice information in ER.
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