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Towards evidence based emergency medicine: best BETs from the Manchester Royal Infirmary
  1. K Mackway-Jones, Editor
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK; kevin.mackway-jones{at}

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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 practicing 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 Infirmary1 or placed on the BestBETs web site. 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 Eight BETs are included in this issue of the journal.

    • ▸ Electrical stimulation and Bell’s palsy

    • ▸ White cell count and diagnosing appendicitis in children

    • ▸ White cell count and diagnosing appendicitis in adults

    • ▸ Serum amylase or lipase to diagnose pancreatitis in patients presenting with abdominal pain

    • ▸ Management of acute ethylene glycol poisoning

    • ▸ Bed rest after lumbar puncture

    • ▸ Difficult intubation, the bougie and the stylet

    • ▸ To stab or slash: the percutaneous dilatation or standard surgical approach to cricothyroidotomy in prehospital care

    Edited by K Mackway-Jones