Top 10 Emergency Medicine Articles: 2011

Marrecca Fiore


December 08, 2011

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The most-read articles by Medscape Emergency Medicine member physicians covered a mix of professional and clinical topics in 2011 -- from the use of alternative medicine in the emergency department to the struggle to live on $160,000 a year.

Other well-read topics included how best to sedate children for CTs and an overview of the latest American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. If you haven't read these popular 2011 articles, please consider doing so now.

The Top 10

10.The Knowledge and Usage of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Emergency Department Patients and Physicians
The growing acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine is reflected in patient and physician questionnaires.

9. Complications of Tube Thoracostomy Placement in the Emergency Department
Emergency medicine residents frequently perform invasive procedures, including tube thoracostomy, that inherently place patients at risk for complications. What is the prevalence of complications?

8. Liability of Emergency Physicians for Studies Ordered in the Emergency Department
Can emergency physicians be held liable when the test results are not followed up?

7. Digital Epi -- Fingers Don't Fall Off!
This brief review covers an ingenious approach to further debunk the myth about the use of epinephrine injections in the digits.

6. Is Succinylcholine Really Superior for RSI?
This study compared succinylcholine to rocuronium in rapid sequence intubation (RSI), with conclusions that went beyond a simple comparison.

5. Physicians Say Good Riddance to 'Worst Drug in History'
The opioid propoxyphene, first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1957, has been pulled from the market and many are happy to see it go.

4. The 2010 AHA Guidelines: The 4 Cs of Cardiac Arrest Care
Amal Mattu, MD, reviews the major changes to CPR guidelines and asks, "Do they go far enough?"

3. I'm Struggling to Live on $160,000 a Year: MD Lament
Whereas most Americans would consider a $160,000 income a fortune, many physicians find it a challenge to live on that amount. Why can some manage easily while others are struggling to pay the bills?

2. How Should We Sedate Children for CT Scans?
Several sedative agents have been studied for their effectiveness in sedating children who need head CT scans.

Keep reading for the most-read article of 2011 and a few runners up to the Top 10 list.


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