In this trial of 849 intubated patients, they were randomized by ICU to daily versus “on-demand” chest xrays (based on daily exam). The on-demand patients had 32% fewer xrays performed, with no difference in mortality, intubated days, or ICU length of stay. An on-demand strategy for chest xrays in intubated patients can reduce the number of xrays performed with no apparent detriment in outcomes (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.