In February the Group published its first DTA review Thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) for trauma‑induced coagulopathy in adult trauma patients with bleeding. Hunt et al found little evidence on the accuracy of ROTEM and none on that of TEG.
February also saw the publication of Comparison of routes for achieving parenteral access with a focus on the management of patients with Ebola virus disease. This rapid review concluded that the quality of evidence was limited ‘because of the lack of adequately powered trials at low risk of bias’. None of the trials retrieved included patients with EVD. Roberts et al also conclude that intraosseous and subcutaneous routes are alternative methods if intravenous access is not possible. A film was made to accompany this review and can be viewed HERE.
During the summer Maduwage et al published Snake antivenom for snake venom induced consumption coagulopathy for which no studies met the inclusion criteria. Snake envenoming is a large problem in tropical areas and so far the decision to use snake antivenom is based on evidence from observational studies. High quality studies needed here!
Cycling infrastructure for reducing cycling injuries in cyclists was just published this month. Cycling, whether for sport or transport purposes, is considered a beneficial form of activity. This review included studies which evaluated various forms of cycling infrastructure. Mulvaney et al conclude that there is a lack of high quality evidence that supports cycling infrastructure to prevent injuries in cyclists.
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