David A. Della-Giustina

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Orthopedic injuries in children are unique in terms of the mechanisms of injury, pathophysiology, and healing. This article reviews the pediatric fracture patterns and common pediatric injuries or complaints seen in the emergency department, with an emphasis on management in the emergency department. Additionally, the approach to pediatric cervical spine(More)
INTRODUCTION The Masimo Radical-7 Pulse CO-Oximeter is a medical device recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration that performs noninvasive oximetry and estimated venous or arterial hemoglobin measurements. A portable, noninvasive device that rapidly measures hemoglobin concentration could be useful in both austere and modern hospital(More)
We present the case of a 45-year-old female who presented multiple times to the emergency department with acute low back pain and was subsequently diagnosed with bilateral psoas muscle abscess. Psoas abscess is an uncommon cause of acute low back pain that is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The onset of symptoms is frequently insidious and the(More)
INTRODUCTION In 2012 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) introduced the Next Accreditation System (NAS), which implemented milestones to assess the competency of residents and fellows. While attending evaluation and feedback is crucial for resident development, perhaps equally important is a resident's self-assessment. If a(More)
This study describes deep sedations performed for painful procedures completed in the emergency department at an academic tertiary care hospital during an 18-month period. One hundred consecutive cases were retrospectively reviewed to describe indications, complications, procedural lengths, medication dosing, and safety of these sedations. Propofol and(More)
Patients with back pain commonly present in the emergency department for evaluation and treatment. Because it is a common syndrome with a generally benign origin, the examiner may overlook markers of serious disease. This article reviews the important historical and physical factors to consider, with an emphasis on the red flags of serious disease. This(More)
Back pain is a common presenting complaint to the emergency department. The key to proper evaluation is a history and physical examination focused on determining if any red flags for serious disease are present. If no red flags are present, the patient most likely has nonspecific back pain and their symptoms will resolve in 4 to 6 weeks. No diagnostic(More)