Volume 4 Issue 1
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Pigtail Catheter Use in Traumatic Pneumothorax and Hemothorax
Anthony Carden MD*, Tejveer S Dhillon MD, Edgardo S Salcedo MD, Daniel K Nishijima MD, David V Shatz MD, Joseph M Galante, MD
Traumatic hemothorax and pneumothorax are common injuries for which conventional treatment is large bore chest tube placement. Increasingly, small bore pigtail catheters are used to treat non-traumatic pneumothorax and pleural effusions, however they have not been widely adopted for trauma. The objective of this systematic review is to examine the evidence behind pigtail catheter use in traumatic and iatrogenic hemothorax and pneumothorax.
EMR Tracking Reduces Pediatric ED Consult Times
Jennifer N. Fishe*, Mary Ellen Wilson, Jean Ogborn, Ann Kane, M. Douglas Baker
Emergency department (ED) patient care frequently requires consultation of medical and/or surgical services. Prolonged consults increase ED length of stay (LOS) and worsen ED crowding, which both correlate with adverse clinical outcomes and rising numbers of patients who leave without being seen (LWBS). ED consult times are also subject to government regulations.