Self-obtained vaginal swabs are not inferior to provider-performed endocervical sampling for emergency department diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis

Self-obtained vaginal swabs are not inferior to provider-performed endocervical sampling for emergency department diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis

Methodology: 3/5 Usefulness:2/5 Chinnock B, et al. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 Jun;28(6):612-620. doi: 10.1111/acem.14213.  Question and Methods:  This prospective observational cohort trial sought to assess if self-obtained vaginal swabs were not inferior to...
Direct-access physiotherapy to help manage patients with musculoskeletal disorders in an emergency department: Results of a randomized controlled trial

Direct-access physiotherapy to help manage patients with musculoskeletal disorders in an emergency department: Results of a randomized controlled trial

Methodology: 2/5 Usefulness: 2.5/5 Gagnon R, et al. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 Aug;28(8):848-858. doi: 10.1111/acem.14237. Question and Methods: RCT to assess if direct access to Physiotherapy (PT) in the ED could reduce pain interference on function, pain intensity as well...
Effect of 12 mg vs 6 mg of Dexamethasone on the Number of Days Alive Without Life Support in Adults With COVID-19 and Severe Hypoxemia: The COVID STEROID 2 Randomized Trial

Effect of 12 mg vs 6 mg of Dexamethasone on the Number of Days Alive Without Life Support in Adults With COVID-19 and Severe Hypoxemia: The COVID STEROID 2 Randomized Trial

Methodology: 3.5/5 Usefulness: 3.5/5 COVID STEROID 2 Trial Group, Munch MW, et al. JAMA. 2021 Nov 9;326(18):1807-1817. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.18295. Question and Methods: This blinded randomized clinical trial compared the effects of 12 mg daily relative to 6 mg daily...