A review of a few good applications (apps)

 

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By Connie Gong (constance.gong@emory.edu)

Over the years, doctors have gone from carrying fat medical books to PDAs to mobile devices to house the rapidly growing medical information that we are responsible for knowing. As a pediatric emergency medicine

(PEM) physicians at Emory, we carry our own personal “medical consultants” on my phone. In this 3-part series, we will be covering the many apps, websites, and blogs that area available to the general public and provides the latest evidence based medicine (EBM) in PEM.

Today, we’ll be discussing applications or “apps.” There are so many available, many covering similar topics. Ultimately you need to pick your favorites. All applications can be found on iphone or android platforms. Continue reading

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The story of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Hughes Spalding

 

by Wendy Little (wendalyn.little@emory.edu)

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest and busiest pediatric healthcare systems in the United States. The three CHOA emergency departments collectively encounter over 200,000 visits per year and the hospitals, with their full complement of pediatric subspecialty providers, care for some of the sickest and most medically complex patients in the state and the region. While specialized pediatric healthcare in Atlanta dates back to the early 1900s, there were no pediatric emergency departments and no pediatric emergency specialists in Atlanta until the mid 1980’s The growth of emergency medical care for children in Atlanta over the past 30 years has been phenomenal! Continue reading

Simple Abscess Clinical Practice Guideline

 

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By Rebecca Burger (beckyburger@emory.edu)

In the emergency department we implemented a simple abscess Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) almost one year ago. Here is some key information about the CPG and about loops.

Which patients require I&D in the ED?

Abscess ≥ 1cm in diameter. Smaller abscesses may be lanced with a scapel after LMX is applied.

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