Evidence Update (August 2015)
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The General Medical Council has launched a mobile app to help doctors manage their continuous professional development. GMC MY CPD allows doctors to record their learning activities on the go, at the click of a button. It enables doctors to store learning points and allows them to set a reminder so the app will ask them at a later date if changes to their practice have been effective.
NICE has published a Quality Standard Atrial fibrillation: treatment and management (QS93). This quality standard covers identification, treatment and management of atrial fibrillation (including paroxysmal, persistent and permanent atrial fibrillation, and atrial flutter) in adults (18 years and older).
Additional link: NICE press release
Practice changing research, sourced from Dynamed
Updated 2015 Jul 20 06:59:00 AM: small intestinal feeding may reduce risk of pneumonia compared to gastric feeding in patients with severe traumatic brain injury requiring mechanical ventilation (J Neurosurg 2015 May 29 early online)
Updated 2015 Jul 20 06:50:00 AM: discontinuation of long-acting beta-2 agonist therapy may not increase exacerbations requiring systemic corticosteroids in patients with asthma well controlled with inhaled corticosteroid plus long-acting beta-2 agonist (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2015 Jun 19)
10) Topical NSAIDs
Updated 2015 Jul 13 06:47:00 AM: topical NSAIDs that may increase clinical success in patients with acute musculoskeletal pain include diclofenac, ketoprofen, ibuprofen, piroxicam, and indomethacin (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2015 Jun 11)
Updated 2015 Jul 13 06:33:00 AM: supplemental oxygen may increase myocardial injury and recurrent MI in normoxic adults with STEMI (Circulation 2015 Jun 16)
Updated 2015 Jul 08 10:37:00 AM: high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T measured twice 1 hour apart rules out and helps diagnose myocardial infarction in most patients presenting with chest pain and no ST elevation (CMAJ 2015 May 19)
New and Updated Cochrane Systematic Reviews
This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows: To assess the effects and safety of antiseptics for the treatment of burns in any care setting.
Authors’ conclusions: No firm conclusions can be drawn concerning the comparative effects of administering intravenous propofol, with or without an adjunctive analgesic agent, with alternative interventions in participants undergoing PS in the ED setting on adverse effects (including pain at the injection site) and participant satisfaction. The review was limited because no two included studies employed the same comparator interventions, and because the number of participants in eight of the included studies were small (fewer than 100 participants).
Horizon Scanning Centre Output
Good Quality Systematic Reviews
23) Towards evidence based emergency medicine: best BETs from the Manchester Royal Infirmary. BET 1: use of a procalcitonin algorithm to guide antimicrobial therapy in COPD exacerbations can reduce antibiotic consumption with no increase in rates of treatment failure or mortality
Reports/Statistics on UK Emergency Medicine
34) Urgent and emergency care vanguards
NHS England has announced eight urgent and emergency care vanguards. These vanguards are tasked with changing the way in which all organisations work together to provide care in a more joined up way for patients. Six vanguards will cover smaller local systems which may include hospitals and surrounding GP practices and social care, while two network vanguards will be working with much larger populations to integrate care on a greater scale.
Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient andAccident and Emergency data - April 2015; Special topic – Assaults
36) MenB vaccine: poster for A&E departments
Public Health England has published MenB vaccine: poster for hospital accident and emergency departments. This poster is for use in hospital accident and emergency departments and aims to encourage staff to check if a baby’s fever is due to a meningococcal capsular group B (MenB) vaccination within the previous 48 hours. The MenB vaccine will be added to the childhood immunisation programme as part of the routine schedule in England from 1 September 2015.
37) Reasons why people with dementia are admitted to hospital in an emergency
Public Health England’s Dementia intelligence network has published Reasons why people with dementia are admitted to a general hospital in an emergency. This document shows key national data related to people with dementia and their use of inpatient general hospital services during the financial year 2012/13. It includes information about why people are admitted, short stay emergency admissions, increases in hospital admissions and preventing avoidable emergency admissions. The dataset shows the clinical commissioning group and local authority data used in the report.
Additional link: Public Health England press release
38) Accident and Emergency statistics
The House of Commons library has published a briefing paper Accident and Emergency Statistics. This briefing provides summaries and visualisations of a wide range of A&E trends, including: levels of attendance over time; attendance by age, time and day of the week; various measures of waiting times; and reason for attendance. It also explores the extent and limitations of the available data sources.
Latest Journal Table of Contents
44) The Lancet