Outcome in patients with traumatic brain injury was better in patients with prehospital intubation, but most of the intubations were performed by air transport crews.
Diagnostic accuracy of the digitally interpreted rapid influenza A and B antigen tests (DIA) was better than the traditional rapid flu tests, 77-80% sensitive vs. 53-54% sensitive. In children compared to adults, the sensitivity was 18.5 points higher for flu A and 32 points higher for flu B with the traditional rapid test; 12 and 25 points higher for the DIA respectively; 2.7% points higher for nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). NAATs were about 95% sensitive overall. All tests had specificity of about 98%.
Patient satisfaction is important. But the most commonly used metric in the US, the Press Ganey survey, may not be a good measure of individual emergency physician and clinician performance. Giving emergency clinicians feedback on their Press Ganey scores, ostensibly so they could take steps to improve, did not lead to appreciable score improvements.