Avoiding Common Errors in the Emergency Department

If you’re going to read one book this year on emergency medicine it would have to be Avoiding Common Errors in the Emergency Department. It is written by the who’s-who of emergency medicine education in the United States. Available in kindle edition and paperback edition.

Edited by: Amal Mattu, Arjun Chanmugam, Stuart Swadron, Carrie Tibbles, & Dale Woolridge.

Book Review:

If you’re going to read one book this year on emergency medicine this would have to the one.

Avoiding common errors in the emergency department is written by a veritable ‘who’s-who‘ of emergency medicine education in the United States. This book  is packed full of pearls and pitfalls, and common errors to avoid when treating patient’s in the emergency department. This book  appears lengthly weighing in at 946 pages but manages to cover the 400 most common errors we are exposed to in the emergency department.

The topics are wide and varied from the drama of airway management, trauma and paediatrics through to the more mundane topics of emergency department adminsitration and medico-legal issues. The ‘errors’ are presented in a short concise format, yet provide a surprising amount of depth with up to date and comprehensive references.

This practical handbook provides you with….

  • Concise descriptions of commonly occurring emergency department errors.
  • Easy-to-follow format on what to do, what not to do, and how to resolve the problem.
  • A portable size for quick access throughout your shift.
  • Suggested readings for more in-depth analysis of the error

Avoiding common errors is written in an easy friendly style, that doesn’t bore you with unnecessary facts, and includes plenty of humour and anecdotes from the authors’ considerable clinical experience.  I particularly liked the way the reader is led into a discussion on a particular error using a Q/A style approach rather than a didactic series of constricting headings.

It is difficult to find many faults with this book. Australian readers will have to adapt slightly to American terminology, drug names, and some of the guidelines provided are very US-centric. In addition the book is a bit text heavy with a paucity of pictures, and diagrams. However these are but minor points and trivial compared to the amount of practical knowledge and pearls you can gain from reading this book.

I recommend this as a must read for any emergency doctors out there, regardless of their position or experience, and to emergency nurses, pre-hospital providers, can also gain so much practical information to use, and to change your daily practice.

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Table of Contents:

  • Abdominal/Gastrointestinal
  • Airway/Sedation
  • Allergy
  • Billing
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical Practice
  • Emergency Medical Systems
  • Ears, Nose, Throat
  • Environmental
  • Geriatrics
  • Haematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Legal Issues
  • Metabolic/Endocrine
  • Miscellaneous
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurological
  • Obstetric/Gynaecological
  • Paediatric
  • Procedures
  • Psychiatric
  • Pulmonary
  • Resuscitation
  • Toxicology
  • Trauma
  • Ultrasound
  • Urogenital
  • Wound Care
  • Index
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