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BACKGROUND Hip fracture is a common injury, with an incidence rate of > 250,000 per year in the United States. Diagnosis is particularly important due to the high dependence on the integrity of the hip in the daily life of most people. OBJECTIVES In this article we review the literature focused on hip fracture detection and discuss advantages and(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE We evaluate the association between out-of-hospital use of continuous end-tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2) monitoring and unrecognized misplaced intubations within a regional emergency medical services (EMS) system. METHODS This was a prospective, observational study, conducted during a 10-month period, on all patients arriving at a regional(More)
We analyzed the impact of three consecutive hurricanes in 2004 on two central Florida Emergency Department (ED) patient volumes and types of presentations. Data were extracted from the hospital database and compared to the previous year. At both EDs visits dropped significantly on the day of all three hurricanes compared to 2003. The decrease in patient(More)
Both glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and S100β are found in glial cells and are released into serum following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), however, the clinical utility of S100β as a biomarker has been questioned because of its release from bone. This study examined the ability of GFAP and S100β to detect intracranial lesions on computed(More)
IMPORTANCE Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) have been widely studied and show promise for clinical usefulness in suspected traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion. Understanding their diagnostic accuracy over time will help translate them into clinical practice. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the temporal(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE This study examines whether serum levels of glial fibrillary acidic protein breakdown products (GFAP-BDP) are elevated in patients with mild and moderate traumatic brain injury compared with controls and whether they are associated with traumatic intracranial lesions on computed tomography (CT) scan (positive CT result) and with having a(More)
The growing complexity of patient care requires that emergency physicians (EPs) master not only knowledge and procedural skills, but also the ability to effectively communicate with patients and other care providers and to coordinate patient care activities. EPs must become good team players, and consequently an emergency medicine (EM) residency program(More)
BACKGROUND This study compared early serum levels of ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase (UCH-L1) from patients with mild and moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) with uninjured and injured controls and examined their association with traumatic intracranial lesions on computed tomography (CT) scan (CT positive) and the need for neurosurgical intervention (NSI).(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether paramedics can identify patients contacting 9-1-1 who do not require emergency department (ED) care. METHODS The setting was an urban county with a two-tiered, dual response to 9-1-1 calls comprising eight local fire departments with advanced life support capabilities and a private advanced life support 9-1-1 agency with(More)
Teamwork training constitutes one of the core approaches for moving healthcare systems toward increased levels of quality and safety, and simulation provides a powerful method of delivering this training, especially for face-paced and dynamic specialty areas such as Emergency Medicine. Team performance measurement and evaluation plays an integral role in(More)