The top 5 procedures, labs and medications that physicians said should be cut to minimize waste in emergency medicine.
#1 X-rays: Low back films in young, healthy patients with minor injuries (88% of respondents)
#2 CT: Minor head injury > 2 yrs of age with normal exam and someone to observe the patient(82% of respondents)
#3 Labs: Blood cultures for outpatients(67% of respondents)
#4 Labs: Amylase (when Lipase is available)(67% of respondents)
#5 Labs: Pt/INR and PTT in chest pain patients
(60% of respondents)
78% percentage of respondents who believe that if emergency medicine acted on its Top Five List, their salaries would remain the same.
58% Percentage of respondents who report that they would “be willing to give up a percentage of [their] salary to see real health care reform.”