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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. kevin.mackway-jones{at}

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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 Four positive and three negative BETs are included in this issue of the journal.

  • ▸Detection of pneumoperitoneum on erect chest radiograph

  • ▸Cervical spine radiography in alert asymptomatic blunt trauma patients

  • ▸The use of antibiotics in venomous snake bite

  • ▸Activated charcoal and gastric absorption of iron compounds

  • ▸Antibiotics after puncture wounds to the foot

  • ▸Phenytoin or paraldehyde as the second drug for convulsions in children

  • ▸Aspiration of acute traumatic knee haemarthrosis