Suggested Journal Club Articles will be posted here as they are made available. The selection of papers for review at Journal Club is overseen by the Chief Residents of the RCPS and CFPC Emergency Medicine training programs and is based on proposals by EM faculty and residents. If you come across a paper you feel merits consideration for review at Journal Club, please use the automated submission form to notify us of this.
Test characteristics of point-of-care ultrasound for the diagnosis of retinal detachment in the emergency department – F. Scheuermeyer
Rationale: Straightforward study with clinical implications, we don’t cover ultrasound or optho much, UBC study, please remember to invite at least one of the authors for discussion.
HEART score risk stratification of low-risk chest pain patients in the emergency department: a systematic review and meta-analysis – F. Scheuermeyer
Rationale: We rarely assess systematic reviews/meta-analyses although they are becoming very, very popular; very hot topic; clinically relevant; remember to invite Corinne or Jess for discussion.
Older blood is associated with increased mortality and adverse events in massively transfused trauma patients: secondary analysis of the PROPPR trial – F. Scheuermeyer
Rationale: Interesting topic, good methodology, good CQI project, also potential ethical questions regarding stored / older blood, consider inviting Heather Lindsay from CQI viewpoint.
Aromatherapy versus oral ondansetron for antiemetic therapy among adult emergency department patients: a randomized controlled trial – F. Scheuermeyer
Rationale: clever single-centre RT with potential practice-changing implications and likely good discussion.
Road Safety Impact of Increased Rural Highway Speed Limits in British Columbia, Canada (PDF download) – F. Scheuermeyer
Rationale: tough methods but great study impacting public health/prevention/government policy in a way that we do not often see emergency research contribute. Be sure to invite Jeff, and better yet assign a more experienced resident and have Jeff be the resource person at least for that study.
Multicenter trial of a combination probiotic for children with gastroenteritis – F. Scheuermeyer
Rationale: Canadian-led RT debunks a fairly common practice. Straightforward; a junior resident could present without much challenge.
A systematic review and meta-analysis of ketamine as an alternative to opioids for acute pain in the emergency department – F. Scheuermeyer
Rationale: Ketamine starting to become more accepted, should generate good discussion despite not that many relevant papers, perhaps invite Corinne or Jess.
Does Point-of-Care Ultrasonography Improve Clinical Outcomes in Emergency Department Patients With Undifferentiated Hypotension? An International Randomized Controlled Trial From the SHoC-ED Investigators – F. Scheuermeyer
Rationale: One of the best ultrasonography studies ever. Strongly consider inviting Dan Kim or Oron Frenkel to discuss.