Wrenn and Slovis published the ‘Ten commandments of Emergency Medicine’ in 1991:
- Secure the ABCs.
- Consider or give naloxone, glucose and thiamine.
- Get a pregnancy test.
- Assume the worst: rule out serious disease.
- Do not send unstable patients to radiology.
- Look for the common red flags.
- Trust no one, believe nothing (not even yourself ): check lab results and rethink clinical decisions.
- Learn from your mistakes.
- Do unto others as you would your family (and that includes coworkers).
- When in doubt, err on the side of the patient.
Has anything changed? Should anything be added for the new millennium?
- Wrenn K, Slovis CM. The ten commandments of emergency medicine. Ann Emerg Med. 1991 Oct;20(10):1146-7. PMID: 1928892.
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