The authors of this randomized, controlled study sought to determine whether incorporation of a D-dimer testing strategy in patients with suspected deep-vein thrombosis would reduce the need for ultrasound imaging without compromising patient safety.
Left ventricular (LV) aneurysm is defined as a localized area of infarcted myocardium that bulges outward during the entire cardiac cycle. Among ED patients with ST segment elevation, LV aneurysm is an uncommon cause of the ST segment abnormality, accounting for only 3-4% of all patients with STE.
The ED physician and trauma surgeon must have evidence-based
information on indications for emergency department thoracotomy that
can be determined rapidly, easily accessible equipment, and the ability
to recognize situations in which EDT clearly is not in the patients