Papers of February 2020

Welcome back!

Three very different topics and papers for you this month. First up we have a look at the risk/benefit of sending troponins on patients aged 65 years an older when presenting with non-specific complaints; does this help their work up, or is this a classic case of over-testing?

Next up we take a look at the causes of our patients presenting to the ED with a reduced level of consciousness, this paper may help inform your differentials and knowledge on the likelihood of different pathologies.

Finally, following on from our recent Roadside to Resus episode on Seizures, we take a look at an RCT which compares 3 second line anti epileptics; will this give us the definitive answer over which we should be using?

Once again we would love to hear you comments and feedback, and make sure you check out the articles yourselves and come to your own conclusions.


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References & Further Reading

Randomized Trial of Three Anticonvulsant Medications for Status Epilepticus. Kapur J. N Engl J Med. 2019

Causes of brain dysfunction in acute coma: a cohort study of 1027 patients in the emergency department. Schmidt WU. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2019

Troponin Testing and Coronary Syndrome in Geriatric Patients With NonspecificComplaints: Are We Overtesting? Wang AZ. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 

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