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: BP Wildly Varies With Wrong Cuff Size

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This randomized controlled trial demonstrated a clinically significant difference in blood pressure measurements when inappropriately sized BP cuffs were used on patients.

Effects of Cuff Size on the Accuracy of Blood Pressure Readings: The Cuff(SZ) Randomized Crossover Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2023 Aug 7;e233264. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2023.3264. Online ahead of print.

#2: POCUS for the PTA

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While it doesn’t have great specificity, the sensitivity of ultrasound makes it a viable first step in making the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess.

Test characteristics of ultrasound for the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Acad Emerg Med. 2023 Aug;30(8):859-869. doi: 10.1111/acem.14660. Epub 2023 Jan 30.

#3: Should We Do Brain Imaging on Suspected Infective Endocarditis Patients?

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Among patients with infective endocarditis (IE), 39% of neurologically “asymptomatic” patients had a cerebral embolic event (CEE) on neuroimaging, and a new surgical indication was established in 19% of these cases. CEEs were seen in 73% of neurologically symptomatic patients. But there were some issues with this study…

Role of Cerebral Imaging on Diagnosis and Management in Patients With Suspected Infective Endocarditis. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Aug 14;77(3):371-379. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciad192.

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