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: How to Spot Ischemia in RBBB Patients

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In non-ischemic right bundle branch block (RBBB) ECGs, we expect discordant ST depression and T wave inversions in leads V1-V3. ST segment elevation, or even an isoelectric ST segment, in these leads is abnormal and should make us concerned for ischemia

Acute Coronary Occlusion in a Patient With Prior Known Right Bundle Branch Block: Another Chink in the Armor for the ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Criteria. Ann Emerg Med. 2023 Aug;82(2):219-221. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2022.12.006.

#2: DOACs and Diapers? Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Pediatrics

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Treatment with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in pediatric patients appears to reduce venous thromboembolism (VTE) recurrence compared to standard of care, with no difference in major bleeding or serious adverse events. Prophylaxis with DOACs was comparable to standard of care and was associated with a nonsignificant reduction in VTE.

Efficacy and safety of direct oral anticoagulants in the pediatric population: a systematic review and a meta-analysis. J Thromb Haemost. 2023 Jul 20:S1538-7836(23)00573-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtha.2023.07.011. Epub ahead of print.

#3: Handy EMS OHCA Handoff Checklist

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In this video review, information contained in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patient handoffs was highly variable, which is an area for quality improvement and standardization. Try this checklist!

Emergency Medical Services handoff of patients in cardiac arrest in the Emergency Department: A retrospective video review study of duration and details of handoff. Resuscitation. 2023 Aug;189:109834. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2023.109834. Epub 2023 May 16.

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