Papers of February 2024

Welcome back to February’s papers of the month.

Syncope is a really common presentation to the Emergency Department and it can be complicated to tease out those with a concerning precipitant from the others with a more benign cause. The first paper gives us some context to the management of these undifferentiated syncopes and provides a barometer for how stringently ESC guidance on the topic is followed.

Next up we take a look a huge RCT of transfusion thresholds in patients presenting with a myocardial infarction. Should we be restrictive in our approach, saving a valuable resource, or is it validated to transfuse more liberally in terms of the patients outcome?

Finally we take a look at a paper looking to tease out the predictors of post intubation hypotension in those getting a prehospital anaesthetic following trauma, with some interesting associations and factors to looks out for.

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Simon & Rob

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Management of syncope in the Emergency Department: a European prospective cohort study (SEED). Reed. Eur J Emerg Med. 2023

Restrictive or Liberal Transfusion Strategy in Myocardial Infarction and Anemia. Carson. NEJM. 2023

Predictors of post-intubation hypotension in trauma patients following prehospital emergency anaesthesia: a multi-centre observational study. Price. SJTREM. 2023

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