Users' Guides to the Medical Literature
Guyatt G, Rennie D, Meade MO, Cook DJ
Part F Summarizing the Evidence
Chapter 19. Summarizing the Evidence
Gordon Guyatt, Roman Jaeschke, Kameshwar Prasad, Deborah J. Cook
asthma, magnesium, review literature, status asthmaticus, summarizing the evidence
"You have decided (despite the nagging doubt about the small number of
patients included in the studies) that you have high-quality evidence of
a large effect of magnesium in reducing the need for hospitalization
in patients with asthma. You therefore administer 2 g of magnesium
sulfate intravenously, in addition to bronchodilators and corticosteroids.
Three hours later, the patient is feeling a little better, and you
admit her to a well-monitored unit. During the next 48 hours, the
patient improves and is discharged home on the third hospital day,
with the strongest possible counsel to find a new home for her cat...."
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