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OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that a prehospital time threshold (PhTT) exists that when exceeded, significantly increases the mortality of trauma patients transported directly from the scene of injury to a trauma center rather than to the closest hospital. DESIGN Review of data contained within the Illinois Trauma Registry encompassing the period from… (More)
Recent reports suggest that physicians in non-ambulatory settings can use indirect CT venography (CTV) of the lower extremities immediately following spiral CT angiography (CTA) of the chest to identify patients with a negative CTA who have thromboembolic disease identified on CTV. We sought to determine the frequency of isolated deep venous thrombosis… (More)
We report a case of significant injury to an automobile driver due to spontaneous air bag deployment not associated with a collision or application of external force to the automobile.
The evaluation of spinal trauma and neck or back pain remains one of the most important and most common assessments in emergency medicine. This article provides an overview of an evidence based approach to this situation, and argues that appropriate use of imaging studies can reduce waste and better mitigate devastating outcomes to the patient.