Papers of June 2020

Welcome back to June’s Papers Podcast!

Traditionally when you’re taught about working a patient up for a potential diagnosis you’ll find a list of signs, symptoms and tests that you need to perform in order to obtain your diagnosis. What that teaching doesn’t tell you is how important each of those aspects is and this month we take a deeper look at this for pneumonia. We look two papers, one focussing on the clinical findings both in signs and symptoms and then a further paper on the importance of biomarker in the diagnosis.

We also have a look at a paper which focusses on decreasing time on scene for prehospital patients and the potential benefit of regular time prompts, an idea that may be applicable irrespective of your place and role of work.

We’d love to hear any thought or comments you have either on the website or via twitter @TheResusRoom.


Simon & Rob

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References & Further Reading

The Ticking Clock: Does Actively Making an Enhanced Care Team Aware of the Passage of Time Improve Pre-Hospital Scene Time Following Traumatic Incidents? L Curtis. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2020Accuracy of Signs and Symptoms for the Diagnosis of Community-acquired Pneumonia: A Meta-analysis. Mark H Ebell. Acad Emerg Med. 2020

Accuracy of Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Adult Community-acquired Pneumonia: A Meta-analysis. Mark H Ebell. Acad Emerg Med. 2020

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