There are two myths that have persisted about thoracentesis and pleural fluid analysis that must be dispelled. The first myth is that a large volume thoracentesis should not remove more than 1,500 mL fluid due to the risk of re-expansion…
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One of the more common presenting complaints to an ED is the adult presenting with chest pain.  In addition, one of the most common reasons for admission to a hospitalist service is the “Chest pain rule out MI” admitting diagnosis.…
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This meta-analysis examined 58 prospective ED studies that involved diagnostic test accuracy among patients with suspected Non-ST elevation ACS. The meta-analysis found that the following clinical findings predicted excess ACS risk in patients presenting with chest pain: hypotension (systolic blood…
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Target Audience: Emergency clinicians Background: A multidisciplinary group of emergency physicians, radiologists, cardiologists, and others has developed appropriateness criteria for the use of imaging to help inform clinicians for four clinical scenarios presenting as chest pain in the ED. Key…
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