ACEP has taken a stand on some of the most contemporary issues within the diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolic disease in the emergency department.
Influenza killed 675 children from the 2010-11 flu season to the 2015-16 season. Infants under 6 months had the highest incidence of mortality. Encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Antiviral treatment is encouraged in all children under 2, all patients with severe illness, and all hospitalized patients regardless of whether or not the duration of illness exceeds 48 hours.
Whole body CT vs selective CT in children with trauma did not result in mortality benefit. This large, retrospective study with propensity matching suggested that any additional injuries found on pan-CT may have been either not life-threatening or did not change management to produce mortality benefit.
In the evaluation of older patients with syncope, certain ECG abnormalities increase the risk of 30-day serious cardiac arrhythmias. These ECG abnormalities include non-sinus rhythm; multiple premature ventricular conductions; short PR interval; first degree atrioventricular block; complete left bundle branch block; and ST, T, and Q-wave abnormalities consistent with acute or chronic ischemia.