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820 e-Letters

  • The Critical Role of Medical Scribe Training
    Nicholas Rich

    Walker et al. report the first economic analysis of the cost of training medical scribes (1). The concept of the medical scribe has been around for at least 4 decades (2), but with the recent advent of the electronic medical record (EMR), especially in the US, there has been a rapid increase in the use of scribes, particularly in emergency departments (3). The ongoing exponential growth in the use of scribes has been re...

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  • Accurate diagnostic strategies for PE
    Philip D Kaye

    The reported algorithm for diagnosis and exclusion of PE using Wells score < 2 plus negative d-dimer to indicate the patient does not require further imaging is a validated pathway. However, d-dimer specificity is low resulting in large numbers of patients who are low-risk for PE still requiring CTPA or a ventilation-perfusion scan. The aim of recent diagnostic studies, including this study reported by Theunissen JMG e...

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  • Response to Obstacle Course runs: Review of Qcquired injries and illnessas at a series of Canadian events (RACE)
    Marna Greenberg

    As authors of a previous report about serious injuries that occurred during an extreme sports obstacle course in the U.S. (1), we read with interest the article by Alana Hawley, etal describing injury and illness outcomes in a series of Canadian obstacle course events. (2) In this Canadian study a small percentage of participants presented to onsite medial services; the majority of complaints were minor and musculoskele...

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  • In response to the e-letter "An interesting study of the wrong cohort"
    Carl Marincowitz

    Many thanks for your interest in our study.

    We agree that as a retrospective study that compares head injured patients presenting within and after 24 hours of injury that have undergone CT imaging our study does have limitations. However, there are currently few data to guide clinicians in this area. We found only 2 other retrospective cohort studies and an abstract that assessed such patients in a recently pu...

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  • An interesting study of the wrong cohort
    Jamie P Fryer

    I thank the authors for highlighting an ongoing concern I have with NICE head injury guidance - namely that the guidance is based on studies of acute head injuries presenting soon after injury and doesn't take delayed presentations into account. However my concern would be the reverse of their own as I feel if we adhered to NICE guidance in patients presenting after 24 hours we would be performing large numbers of unnece...

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  • Measuring outcomes of first aid education
    Emily Oliver

    Pocock et al present fascinating insight to the challenges of the pre -hospital environment for undertaking clinical trials (Human factors in pre hospital research: lessons from the PARAMEDIC trial Pocock H, et al, Emerg Med J 2016; 33: 562-568) which explain the lack of clear strategies of the implementation of research protocol on this issue. The need for strong relationships between teams brings into focus the potenti...

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  • The effectiveness of primary care services located within EDs - optimising streaming
    Martin M McGrath

    The comprehensive review by Ramlakhan et al of the effectiveness of primary care services located within EDs draws mixed conclusions. Whilst initial efficiency savings were identified (both in terms of GP resource utilisation and overall cost) and subsequent hospital admission and referrals appeared reduced, other outcomes proved disappointing or at best equivocal including length of stay, waiting time and patient satisfa...

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  • The diagnostic difficulties of lunate and perilunate dislocations.
    Anne-marie Kennedy

    I read with interest your recent case report of a perilunate dislocation. This case highlights the importance of careful assessment of often complex wrist X-rays. As a small point, I would however disagree that the 'spilled teacup sign' is a sign of a perilunate dislocation. This sign is a radiological sign of a lunate rather than perilunate dislocation. The key to distinguishing between between both is to first determine...

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  • POLST CAn Help Paramedics with End-of-Life Dilemmas
    Arthur R. Derse

    Murphy-Jones and Timmons described paramedics' experiences of end-of- life decision making with regard to nursing home residents, including the challenges faced by paramedics when patients lacked decision making capacity and the resultant stress from uncertainty about appropriate treatments. [1] Among the solutions suggested, an essential, straightforward and well-tested tool for the perplexed paramedic was not available...

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  • Designing urgent primary care centres located at hospital sites: the devil is in the details
    Koen Van den Heede

    We have read with great interest the review of Ramlakhan et al. (2016)1 on the effectiveness of co-locating emergency departments (ED) and primary care centres and the findings of the authors that the evidence is inconclusive. Yet, we are confident that there are more hints and clues in the available evidence for policy guidance than was done in the paper by Ramlakhan et al. (2016). We will illustrate this with a recent po...

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