Bobbie Ann Schauer

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STUDY OBJECTIVE Computed tomography (CT) is frequently used in evaluating children with blunt head trauma. Routine use of CT, however, has disadvantages. Therefore, we sought to derive a decision rule for identifying children at low risk for traumatic brain injuries. METHODS We enrolled children with blunt head trauma at a pediatric trauma center in an(More)
BACKGROUND A history of loss of consciousness (LOC) is frequently used as an indication for cranial computed tomography (CT) in the emergency department (ED) evaluation of children with blunt head trauma. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine whether an isolated LOC and/or amnesia is predictive of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children with blunt head(More)
Ultrasound is the imaging study of choice for the detection of gallstones, but ultrasound through medical imaging departments (MI Sono) is not readily available on an immediate basis in many emergency departments (EDs). Several studies have shown that emergency physicians can perform ultrasound themselves (ED Sono) to rule out gallstones with acceptable(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the utility of routine abdominal computed tomographic (CT) scanning for abdominal evaluation of blunt trauma patients before urgent extra-abdominal surgery. METHODS In this observational cohort study, we prospectively enrolled all blunt trauma patients at least 8 years of age presenting to the emergency department of a Level 1(More)
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