Scott Ross

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of an active strategy to implement the validated Canadian C-Spine Rule into multiple emergency departments. DESIGN Matched pair cluster randomised trial. SETTING University and community emergency departments in Canada. Participants 11 824 alert and stable adults presenting with blunt trauma to the head or neck at(More)
BACKGROUND The Canadian CT Head Rule was developed to allow physicians to be more selective when ordering computed tomography (CT) imaging for patients with minor head injury. We sought to evaluate the effectiveness of implementing this validated decision rule at multiple emergency departments. METHODS We conducted a matched-pair cluster-randomized trial(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective was to examine predictors of hospital admission among adults presenting to Canadian emergency departments (EDs) for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Current acute treatment approaches and outcomes 2 weeks after the ED visit are also described. METHODS Subjects, aged > or =35 years presenting(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives were to determine patient and treatment-response factors associated with relapse after emergency department (ED) treatment for acute asthma. METHODS Subjects aged 18-55 years who were treated for acute asthma in 20 Canadian EDs prospectively underwent a structured ED interview and telephone contact 2 weeks later. RESULTS Of 695(More)
BACKGROUND Relapses of asthma following emergency department discharge can be reduced with oral and inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs), but the benefits of long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs) are unclear. OBJECTIVES To determine whether the addition of a LABA reduces relapses in patients with acute asthma. METHODS This was a randomized, controlled,(More)
Deficiencies in trauma care are a worldwide problem owing to the difficulty of assessing the burden of non-fatal injury. Mortality statistics are used as indicators of violence and injury; however, non-fatal injuries exceed fatal injuries by up to 20 times. 1 Non-fatal injury data in Africa rely on limited studies and population groups, resulting in a(More)
Like Sisyphus, effects houses continue to push the stone up the mountain every year. On a marquee visual effects block-buster, their clients have the opportunity to reap great rewards. But with little to no profit, huge risks, unbelievable capital needs, increasingly higher salaries, we need to own the content we create. Visual effects studios must become(More)
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