Annals of Emergency Medicine
Annals of Emergency Medicine RSS feed: Current Issue. Scope and Stature of the Journal
Annals of Emergency Medicine , the official journal of the American College of
Emergency Physicians, is an international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to improving the quality of care by publishing the highest
quality science for emergency medicine and related medical specialties. Annals publishes original research, clinical reports,
opinion, and educational information related to the practice, teaching, and research of emergency medicine. In addition to general emergency
medicine topics, Annals regularly publishes articles on out-of-hospital emergency medical services, pediatric emergency medicine,
injury and disease prevention, health policy and ethics, disaster management, toxicology, and related topics. The journal welcomes submissions
from international contributors and researchers of all specialties.
Although Annals of Emergency Medicine is the official
journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) the journal maintains editorial independence from ACEP. Its content is
selected by the editorial board and does not necessarily reflect the policies and beliefs of ACEP.
Annals continues to
be the largest circulation peer review journal in emergency medicine (over 31,000 subscribers, several times its nearest competitor).
It is also one of the most accessible to non-subscribing readers, since more than 8,000 institutions include Annals in their
online licenses for ScienceDirect (the world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic
information). ScienceDirect was utilized for access to Annals articles approximately 575,000 times in 2012. Annals
is also available on the Web (with full text of all articles dating back to its inception), where it received more than 1,377,000 page
views in 2012.
Annals is the emergency medicine journal most frequently cited by authors and has the highest impact factor
over the years of all 24 journals in the emergency medicine category of the SCI (Science Citation Index). The impact factor (the average
number of citations per published article) is the commonest measure of journal influence; the 2011 impact factor for Annals
was 4.133. Not only is Annals most frequently cited, but it is cited more promptly and longer than any other emergency medicine
journal (9 years, versus only 5.1 years for its nearest competitor).
Annals ' articles generate considerable interest in
the lay media. During the calendar year 2012, there were 4,503 hits in various media outlets, including print, television, radio blogs
and social media. Major outlets included New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Reuters (26 hits), Los Angeles Times, TIME,
Chacago Triubne (10 hits), Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, CBS, Market Watch, National Public Radio, ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC.
Annals is an international journal; more than half of the full text articles accessed via ScienceDirect were downloaded by readers
in countries outside the U.S. Our contributors are also international in scope; in 2012 submissions came to us from 46 different countries,
with 41% of submissions originating outside the United States, and 26% originating outside North America and Western Europe. The largest
volume other than the U.S. was submitted from Taiwan, France, Canada, China, United Kingdom, Italy, and Korea, in descending order. But
the list also includes Indonesia, Pakistan, Qatar, Tunisia, and Serbia.
We strongly believe we have an obligation to make our journal
available to international audiences regardless of their financial resources, and therefore have participated for many years in the HINARI
initiative sponsored by large journal publishers ( http://www.healthinternetwork.org/src/eligibility.php ), which makes Annals
available free or at greatly reduced cost in low-income countries.
Woman With Worsening Exertional Dyspnea
[Ann Emerg Med. 2013;61:e3-e4.] A 46-year-old otherwise healthy woman presented with several days of worsening exertional dyspnea. A chest radiograph result was normal. An ECG demonstrated sinus tachycardia with inverted T waves in leads III, aVF, and V1 to V4. Laboratory studies revealed an undetectable troponin and brain natriuretic peptide (pro–brain natriuretic peptide) of 6,190 pg/mL (range 0 to 125 pg/mL). Bedside echocardiography demonstrated severe right-ventricular dilation, septal bowing, tricuspid regurgitation, and pulmonary artery thrombus (; and , available online at http://www.annemergmed.com). Prompt computed tomography (CT) confirmed the ultrasonographic findings and revealed reflux of radiographic contrast into the inferior vena cava and hepatic vasculature ( and ). The patient became hemodynamically unstable shortly thereafter.
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Healthy 51-Year-Old Male With Peritonsillar Swelling
[Ann Emerg Med. 2013;61:520.] A 51-year-old healthy man was sent to the emergency department for evaluation of a peritonsillar abscess after 3 weeks of sore throat and completion of a course of clindamycin. He had developed odynophagia to solids and observed purulent drainage from the back of his mouth. Systemic symptoms were absent, the patient's vital signs were normal, and a right-sided peritonsillar mass was observed on oropharyngeal examination (). Bedside intracavitary ultrasonography was performed (), and needle aspiration of the peritonsillar mass was attempted under ultrasonographic guidance. A small amount of yellow-pink fluid was sent for analysis. Otolaryngology was consulted and computed tomography (CT) of the neck was performed ().
Man With a Rash
[Ann Emerg Med. 2013;61:595.] A 48-year-old man with a history of hypertension and medication noncompliance presented to the emergency department, complaining of a generalized pruritic rash for 2 weeks that began at both ankles and spread to his knees, back, and arms. He observed polydipsia but denied other medical problem or rashes, allergens, travel, infectious agents, medications, fever, or dysuria. On physical examination, he had a symmetric erythematous papular rash with firm centers that were creamy white but not pustular. No scaling or crust was present and there was sparing of the face, palms, and soles. The greatest concentration of lesions was on the extensor surfaces of the knees (). A point-of-care glucose level was greater than 500 mg/dL. A laboratory test provided the diagnosis.
Insurance Prior Authorization Approval Does Not Substantially Lengthen the Emergency Department Length of Stay for Patients With Psychiatric Conditions
A recently published prospective study of emergency department (ED) data from more than 1,000 patients with psychiatric illnesses found that they stayed in EDs an average of 11.5 hours, and those who were transferred to another hospital averaged a stay of 15 hours.
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Emergency Care Crisis in the United Kingdom and Ireland: Emergency Physician Exodus Looms in Wake of Pay Cuts, Staffing Shortages
“The British are coming!” And so are the Irish and Scots. Despite the rain, a crowd estimated at several thousand people marched through south London November 24, 2012 to protest the planned closure of one of the cornerstones of their community, the emergency department (ED) at Lewisham Hospital. Ten Downing Street received petitions with an estimated 50,000 signatures in opposition to plans for other EDs to have operating hours reduced or units shuttered entirely.