Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:
Develop a differential diagnosis that includes spinal epidural abscess (SEA) when a patient presents with concerning symptoms or for nonspecific complaints
Discuss the emergent nature of SEA and the importance of prompt diagnosis
Order testing and imaging to aid in diagnosis
Initiate early empiric treatment when SEA is suspected, even without definitive diagnosis.
Date of Original Release: June 1, 2022. Date of most recent review: May 1, 2022. Termination date: June 1, 2025.
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ACEP Accreditation: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice is approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for 48 hours of ACEP Category I credit per annual subscription.
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Needs Assessment: The need for this educational activity was determined by a practice gap analysis; a survey of medical staff, including the editorial board of this publication; review of morbidity and mortality data from the CDC, AHA, NCHS, and ACEP; and evaluation responses from prior educational activities for emergency physicians.
Target Audience: This enduring material is designed for emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and residents.
Goals: Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to: (1) identify areas in practice that require modification to be consistent with current evidence in order to improve competence and performance; (2) develop strategies to accurately diagnose and treat both common and critical ED presentations; and (3) demonstrate informed medical decision-making based on the strongest clinical evidence.
CME Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to (1) develop a differential diagnosis that includes spinal epidural abscess (SEA) when a patient presents with concerning symptoms or for nonspecific complaints; (2) discuss the emergent nature of SEA and the importance of prompt diagnosis; (3) order testing and imaging to aid in diagnosis; and (4) initiate early empiric treatment when SEA is suspected, even without definitive diagnosis.
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