Ottawa researchers take the lead in reducing unnecessary procedures in emergency department

October 12, 2016

Unnecessary medical procedures waste billions of dollars each year in Canada and cause substantial discomfort and harm to patients. Two high-profile organizations recently recognized the leadership of Ottawa researchers in tackling this problem in the emergency department. Choosing Wisely Canada and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians made a list of the top 10 ways to reduce unnecessary procedures in the emergency department. Five of these were developed by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital, the University of Ottawa and CHEO. The approaches, developed by Drs. Ian Stiell, Phil Wells, Martin Osmond and colleagues, involve clinical decision rules to reduce unnecessary imaging for ankle injuries, head injuries, neck injuries and blood clots. Three of these rules are also included on a “top five” list developed by U.S. researchers.

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