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SGEM Hot Off the Press: ultrasound during critical care simulation: a randomized crossover study

  • Paul McKenna (a1), Brent Thoma (a2), Ken Milne (a3) and Chris Bond (a1)

As part of the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine’s (CJEM) developing social media strategy,1 we are collaborating with the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine (SGEM) to summarize and critically appraise the current emergency medicine (EM) literature using evidence-based medicine principles. In the “Hot Off the Press” series, we select original research manuscripts published in CJEM to be featured on the SGEM website/podcast2 and discussed by the study authors and the online EM community. A similar collaboration is underway between the SGEM and Academic Emergency Medicine. What follows is a summary of the selected article the immediate post-publication synthesis from the SGEM podcast, commentary by the first author, and the subsequent discussion from the SGEM blog and other social media. Through this series, we hope to enhance the value, accessibility, and application of important, clinically relevant EM research. In this, the third SGEM HOP hosted collaboratively with CJEM, we discuss Olszynski et al.’s randomized crossover study evaluating the use of ultrasound simulator devices during critical care simulation.3

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Correspondence to: Paul McKenna, Department of Emergency Medicine, Room C231, Foothills Medical Centre, 1403 29 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2T9; Email:
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1. B Thoma , R Mohindra , JD Artz , et al. CJEM and the changing landscape of medical education and knowledge translation. CJEM 2015;17(2):184-187.

3. PA Olszynski , T Harris , P Renihan , et al. Ultrasound during critical care simulation: a randomized crossover study. CJEM 2016;18(3):183-190.

5. P Atkinson , P Ross , R Henneberry . Coming of age: emergency point of care ultrasonography in Canada. CJEM 2014;16(4):265-268.

7. HS Sidhu , BO Olubaniyi , G Bhatnagar , et al. Role of simulation-based education in ultrasound practice training. J Ultrasound Med 2012;31(5):785-791.

8. M Mendiratta-Lala , T Williams , N de Quadros , et al. The use of a simulation center to improve resident proficiency in performing ultrasound-guided procedures. Acad Radiol 2010;17(4):535-540.

15. S Luckett-Gatopoulos , et al. SGEM Hot Off the Press: regional nerve blocks for hip and femoral neck fractures: a systematic review. CJEM 2016;18(4):296-300.

16. E Purdy , B Thoma , K Milne , et al. SGEM Hot Off the Press: hypertonic saline in severe traumatic brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. CJEM 2016;18(5):379-384.

19. NS Trueger , B Thoma , CH Hsu , et al. The altmetric score: a new measure for article-level dissemination and impact. Ann Emerg Med 2015;66(5):549-553.

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Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
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