• Consider this strategy for upper GI bleeds 

    Frazer, Kevin; Kirley, Kate; Stevermer, James J. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2013-09)
    Do not order transfusions of red blood cells for patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding unless their hemoglobin level <7 g/dL. A: Based on a single randomized controlled trial (RCT) consistent with other RCTs ...
  • It’s time to use an age-based approach to D-dimer 

    Urban, Karli; Kirley, Kate; Stevermer, James J. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2014-03)
    Use an age-adjusted D-dimer cutoff (patient’s age in years × 10 mcg/L) for patients over age 50 years when evaluating for venous thromboembolism (VTE); it reduces false positives without substantially increasing false negatives.
  • Think twice about nebulizers for asthma attacks 

    Kirley, Kate; Nguyen, Liz (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2014-06)
    MDIs with spacers are as effective as nebulizers for delivering beta-agonists and less likely to cause adverse effects. Practice changer: Stop ordering nebulizers to deliver beta-agonists to patients over age 2 with mild ...
  • Time to try this warfarin alternative? 

    Kirley, Kate; Rowland, Kate (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2011-04)
    Consider dabigatran, an oral anticoagulant that does not require monitoring, for the prevention of stroke and thromboembolism in patients with atrial fibrillation. Strength of Recommendation B: Based on a single well-done ...