The primary goal of LLSA is to promote continuous learning by diplomates. ABEM facilitates this learning by identifying an annual set of LLSA readings to guide diplomates in self-study of recent EM literature. Readings are intended to address issues of relevance to current clinical practice at the time they are posted. ABEM recognizes that EM is an ever-evolving science and that new knowledge becomes available on a continual basis.
LLSA readings are designed as study tools and should be read critically. They are not intended to be all-inclusive and are not meant to define the standard of care for the clinical practice of EM. ABEM does not endorse a specific research finding or treatment modality--including off label use of medications--by virtue of its being the subject of a selected LLSA reading. Likewise, ABEM is mindful of the potential for real or perceived conflicts of interest in professional literature and makes a conscious effort to account for this in its LLSA reading selections.
One criterion for choosing articles is that they be easily available from a variety of sources, such as common Emergency Medicine texts, libraries, and Internet websites. In addition, some publishers allow access to the articles directly from the ABEM public website, ABEM MOC Online, or both by clicking on the underlined listings.
- The Massachusetts Medical Society has provided full access to most readings selected for LLSA from the New England Journal of Medicine
- Wiley-Blackwell has provided Adobe Acrobat files to ABEM diplomates logged onto ABEM MOC Online for readings from Academic Emergency Medicine selected for LLSA Some publishers provide direct access to their website, possibly charging a fee or requiring login information to view the article
- Occasionally, as is the case for many book chapters, the publisher will not provide direct access or does not have Internet access to the article
Accessibility and fees are at the discretion of the publisher, and are not related to ABEM in any way. ABEM sincerely appreciates the contributions of those publishers that have made the articles easily accessible to ABEM diplomates. All questions regarding fees or login information required to access the readings should be directed to the publisher or organization that published the article.
Male Genital Tract
Mellick LB. Torsion of the testicle. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012;28(1):80-86.
Weingart SD, Levitan RM. Preoxygenation and prevention of desaturation during emergency airway management. Ann Emerg Med. 2012;59(3):165-175.
Szpilman D, Bierens J, Handley A, Orlowski J. Drowning. N Engl J Med. 2012;366(22):2102-10.
Patient Safety and Medical Errors
Baumann BM, Chen EH, Mills AM, et al. Patient perceptions of computed tomographic imaging and their understanding of radiation risk and exposure. Ann Emerg Med. 2011;58(1):1-7.e2.
Linden JA. Clinical practice. Care of the adult patient after sexual assault. N Engl J Med. 2011;365(9):834-41.
Zafonte R. Diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion: a 15-year old athlete with a concussion. JAMA. 2011;306(1):79-86.
Srygley FR, Gerardo CJ, Tran T, Fisher DA. Does this patient have a severe upper gastrointestinal bleed? JAMA. 2012;307(10):1072-79.
Interpersonal and Communications Skills
Flowerdew L, Brown R, Vincent C, Woloshynowych M. Identifying nontechnical skills associated with safety in the emergency department: a scoping review of the literature. Ann Emerg Med. 2012;59(5):386-394.
Diercks DB, Mehrotra A, Nazarian DJ, Promes SB, Decker WW, Fesmire FM. Clinical policy: critical issues in the evaluation of adult patients presenting to the emergency department with acute blunt abdominal trauma. Ann Emerg Med. 2011;57(4):387-404.
Kattwinkel J, Perlman JM, Aziz K, et al. Neonatal resuscitation: 2010 American Heart Association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. Circulation. 2010;122(18 Suppl 3):S909-19.
Perry JJ, Stiell IG, Sivilotti M, et al. Sensitivity of computed tomography performed within six hours of onset of headache for the diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2011;343:d4277. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4277.
Stub D, Bernard S, Duffy SJ, Kaye DM. Post cardiac arrest syndrome: a review of therapeutic strategies. Circulation. 2011;123(13):1428-35.