Staying InformED: Top emergency Medicine pharmacotherapy articles of 2020




David E. Zimmerman, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Mercy Hospital, Room 311 Bayer Learning Center, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, United States of America. Electronic address:
Preeyaporn Sarangarm, Department of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States of America.
Caitlin S. Brown, Department of Pharmacy, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, United States of America.
Brett Faine, Department of Emergency Medicine and Pharmacy Practice, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, United States of America.
Tara Flack, Department of Pharmacy, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States of America.
Brian W. Gilbert, Department of Pharmacy, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS 67205, United States of America.
Gavin T. Howington, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington, KY 40506, United States of America; Department of Pharmacy Services, University of Kentucky HealthCare, Lexington, KY 40536, United States of America.
Gregory Kelly, Department of Pharmacy, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States of America.
Jessica Laub, Department of Pharmacy, New York-Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States of America.
Blake A. Porter, Department of Pharmacy, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT 05401, United States of America.
Giles W. Slocum, Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Pharmacy, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60612, United States of America.
Megan A. Rech, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, S 1st Ave, Maywood 60153, IL, United States of America; Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy, S 1st Ave, Maywood, IL 60153, United States of America.

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The American journal of emergency medicine



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Emergency medicine, Pharmacotherapy, Review


The year 2020 was not easy for Emergency Medicine (EM) clinicians with the burden of tackling a pandemic. A large focus, rightfully so, was placed on the evolving diagnosis and management of patients with COVID-19 and, as such, the ability of clinicians to remain up to date on key EM pharmacotherapy literature may have been compromised. This article reviews the most important EM pharmacotherapy publications indexed in 2020. A modified Delphi approach was utilized for selected journals to identify the most impactful EM pharmacotherapy studies. A total of fifteen articles, eleven trials and four meta-analyses, were identified. This review provides a summary of each study, along with a commentary on the impact to the EM literature and EM clinician.

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