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Towards evidence based emergency medicine: best BETs from the Manchester Royal Infirmary
  1. K Mackway-Jones
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Kevin Mackway-Jones, Consultant (kevin.mackway-jones{at}man.ac.uk)

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Edited by K Mackway-Jones

Best evidence topic reports (BETs) summarise the evidence pertaining to particular clinical questions. They are not systematic reviews, but rather contain the best (highest level) evidence that can be practically obtained by busy practising clinicians. The search strategies used to find the best evidence are reported in detail in order to allow clinicians to update searches whenever necessary.

The BETs published below were first reported at the Critical Appraisal Journal Club at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.1 Each BET has been constructed in the four stages that have been described elsewhere.2 The BETs shown here together with those published previously and those currently under construction can be seen at http://www.bestbets.org3 Six topics are covered in this issue of the journal.

  • The accuracy of abdominal ultrasound in paediatric trauma

  • EMLA or amethocaine (tetracaine) for topical analgesia in children

  • Cautery or cream for epistaxis in children

  • Standard bone marrow needles or special needles for intraosseous access

  • Abdominal ultrasound in the diagnosis of childhood appendicitis

  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate and septic arthritis in children

Edited by K Mackway-Jones

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