Association Between Administration of Systemic Corticosteroids and Mortality Among Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19: A Meta-analysis

Association Between Administration of Systemic Corticosteroids and Mortality Among Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19: A Meta-analysis

Methodology: 4/5 Usefulness: 4/5 WHO Rapid Evidence Appraisal for COVID-19 Therapies (REACT) Working Group, Sterne JAC et al. JAMA. 2020 Oct 6;324(13):1330-1341. Question and Methods: Prospective meta-analysis of 7 RCTs investigating the utility of systemic...
Blood Culture Results Before and After Antimicrobial Administration in Patients With Severe Manifestations of Sepsis: A Diagnostic Study

Blood Culture Results Before and After Antimicrobial Administration in Patients With Severe Manifestations of Sepsis: A Diagnostic Study

Methodology: 3.5/5 Usefulness: 3.5/5 Ann Intern Med. 2019 Oct 15;171(8):547-554. Cheng MP, et al. Question and Methods: Multi-center diagnostic study that investigated the sensitivity of post-antimicrobial blood cultures compared to pre-antimicrobial blood cultures in...
The STI Cheat sheet

The STI Cheat sheet

Here we present a STI ‘cheat sheet’ to commonly encountered STIs – their etiology, workup and treatment. The following recommendations are based on the Canadian PHAC guidelines. We will not cover the important aspect of taking a sexual history, but...
Use of a Rapid Diagnostic for Chlamydia Trachomatis and Neisseria Gonorrhoeae for Women in the Emergency Department Can Improve Clinical Management: Report of a Randomized Clinical Trial

Use of a Rapid Diagnostic for Chlamydia Trachomatis and Neisseria Gonorrhoeae for Women in the Emergency Department Can Improve Clinical Management: Report of a Randomized Clinical Trial

Methodology: 3/5           Usefulness: 2.5/5 Gaydos CA et al. Ann Emerg Med. 2019 Jul;74(1):36-44. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.09.012. Epub 2018 Nov 2. Question and Methods: RCT of women receiving pelvic testing for CT/NG comparing standard of care test (NAAT) vs....