W. W. Everett

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BACKGROUND Acutely swollen or painful joints are common complaints in the emergency department (ED). Septic arthritis in adults is a challenging diagnosis, but prompt differentiation of a bacterial etiology is crucial to minimize morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES The objective was to perform a systematic review describing the diagnostic characteristics(More)
BACKGROUND Estimation of volume status in the high-acuity surgical population can be challenging. The use of intensivist bedside ultrasound (INBU) to rapidly assess volume status in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) was hypothesized to be feasible and as accurate as invasive measures. METHODS Clinician sonographers (CSs) were trained to perform(More)
BACKGROUND The percentage of adult patients admitted with pneumonia who receive antibiotics within four hours of hospital arrival is publicly reported as a quality and pay-for-performance measure by the Department of Health and Human Services and is called PN-5b. OBJECTIVES To determine attitudes among physician leaders at emergency medicine training(More)
OBJECTIVES Untreated hypertension (HTN) is a major public health problem. Screening for untreated HTN in the emergency department (ED) may lead to appropriate treatment of more patients. The authors investigated the accuracy of identifying HTN in the ED, the proportion of ED patients with untreated HTN, patient characteristics predicting untreated HTN, and(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Physiognomic assessment of difficult laryngoscopy before rapid sequence intubation has been advocated for all emergency department (ED) intubations. The study objectives were to evaluate whether Mallampati scores, thyromental distance, and neck mobility could have been assessed in non-cardiac arrest ED-intubated patients and determine(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE External cricoid and thyroid cartilage manipulations are commonly taught to facilitate laryngeal view during intubation. We compare the laryngeal views during laryngoscopy with 4 manipulations (no manipulation, cricoid pressure, backward-upward-rightward pressure [BURP], and bimanual laryngoscopy) to determine the method that optimizes(More)
BACKGROUND Bedside transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) performed by emergency physicians (EPs) is valuable in the rapid assessment and treatment of critically ill patients. We sought to determine the preferred cardiac window for left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) estimation by EP sonographers in a critically ill patient population. METHODS(More)
From the Editor—Emergency physicians must often make decisions about patient management without clear-cut data of sufficient quality to support clinical guidelines or evidence-based reviews. Topics in the Best Available Evidence section must be relevant to emergency physicians, are formally peer-reviewed, and must have a sufficient literature base to draw a(More)
Skateboarding and in-line skating are popular activities that attract millions of participants yearly and have spawned the development of skateparks (SPs). This study examined the types and distribution of injuries within a local commercial SP. Subjects were prospectively enrolled in a university Emergency Department (ED) after an injury at a local SP. One(More)