The system of emergency care in the United States continues to edge toward its breaking point. The Institute of Medicine has reported that the volume of patients presenting to US emergency departments continues to steadily increase every year and increased from 90 million in 1993 to more than 113 million per year in 2003. During this same period, more than 700 hospitals closed and 425 emergency departments shuttered their doors.1 As this trend continues, emergency physicians are increasingly under demand to see more patients in less time, with limited resources. They must master an increasingly large and complex body of knowledge as research and technology continue to evolve, while increasing efficiency to address increasing patient volume and demands on clinical time. To this end, the physician must use ancillary resources that provide the maximum amount of useful information while minimizing the time required to locate the relevant data. The fourth edition of Rosen and Barkin's Five-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult fits this need well.
Bassin B. Rosen and Barkin’s Five-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult. JAMA. 2011;305(19):2015. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.647