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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.org.3 Four general topics are covered in this issue of the journal together with two prehospital topics.

• Gum elastic bougies in difficult intubation

• BURP and laryngoscopy

• Local anaesthetic and arterial puncture

• Propofol for sedation in the emergency department

Prehospital BETs

• Spinal boards or vacuum mattresses for immobilisation

• Cervical collars and intracranial pressure

Edited by K Mackway-Jones

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