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: Epinephrine or Airway First in OHCA?

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In adults presenting to EMS after OHCA, those receiving epinephrine prior to advanced airway management (AAM = supraglottic airway, SGA, or endotracheal tube) experienced better outcomes and prehospital ROSC than those receiving AAM before epinephrine. This was true for both shockable and non-shockable initial rhythms.

Sequence of Epinephrine and Advanced Airway Placement After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Feb 5;7(2):e2356863. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.56863.

#2: Golden Years, Hidden Dangers – Blunt Head Trauma in the Elderly

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This study demonstrated that patients 65 years and older with blunt head trauma are at high risk of significant traumatic brain injuries and poor outcomes even with low-risk mechanisms of injury such as ground level falls and no other high-risk criteria besides advanced age. These findings suggest routine head CT imaging may be helpful for elderly patients with head trauma as clinical assessment may not identify patients with significant pathology.

Blunt Head Injury in the Elderly: Analysis of the NEXUS II Injury Cohort. Ann Emerg Med. 2024 Feb 9:S0196-0644(24)00003-9. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2024.01.003. Online ahead of print.

#3: New ACEP Guideline – Topical Anesthetics for Corneal Abrasion

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The ACEP consensus seems to indicate that it may be safe for patients with a simple corneal abrasion to go home with 24 hour usage of topical anesthetics for pain relief, but the ophthalmologists are not on board.

Use of Topical Anesthetics in the Management of Patients With Simple Corneal Abrasions: Consensus Guidelines from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Ann Emerg Med. 2024 Feb 6:S0196-0644(24)00004-0. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2024.01.004. Epub ahead of print.


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