Journal Feed Weekly Wrap-Up

We always work hard, but we may not have time to read through a bunch of journals. It’s time to learn smarter. 

Originally published at JournalFeed, a site that provides daily or weekly literature updates. 

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#1: Does Intra-Articular Lidocaine Work for Shoulder Reduction?

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Intra-articular lidocaine (IAL) is a safe alternative for the reduction of anterior shoulder dislocations and may have similar efficacy to intravenous (IV) sedation, with fewer adverse events and shorter ED length of stay.

Intra-articular lidocaine versus intravenous sedation for closed reduction of acute anterior shoulder dislocation in the emergency department: a systematic review and meta-analysis. CJEM. 2022 Dec;24(8):809-819. doi: 10.1007/s43678-022-00368-z. Epub 2022 Oct 1.

#2: A Simple Way to Find More GI Bleeds on CT

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In patients with a gastrointestinal bleed (GIB), CT imaging was more often diagnostic when the specific indication (GIB) was listed within the requisition order and multiphase studies were ordered.

Importance of communication of CT indication for imaging yield in patients with gastrointestinal bleed. Am J Emerg Med. 2022 Dec 5;64:101-105. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2022.12.003. Online ahead of print.

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Diagnostic characteristics that help differentiate testicular torsion from other causes of acute scrotal pain include vomiting, age > 13, scrotal edema, and palpation of a hard testis. Use caution with normal ultrasound results in those with high pretest probability.

Clinical risk factors for testicular torsion and a warning against falsely reassuring ultrasound scans: a 10-year single-centre experience. Emerg Med J. 2022 Dec 16;emermed-2021-211946. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2021-211946. Online ahead of print.

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