Lidocaine Patch

Lidocaine Patch

We hope to identify the effects of adjunctive 5% lidocaine patches in the treatment of acute non-radicular low back pain in patients discharged from the emergency department.

We hypothesize that in patients with acute non-radicular low back pain (LBP), treatment with adjunctive lidocaine 5% transdermal patches will lead to improved pain at one week compared with standard therapy alone.

Using a prospective randomized controlled study design, we will compare the addition of lidocaine 5% patches to standard therapy vs standard therapy alone in the relief of pain for patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) with acute non-radicular LBP.

HEART Score

HEART Score

Chest pain is a very common cause of complaint in the Emergency Room. The diagnosis of  non-ST-elecation acute coronary syndrome often causes uncertainty in physicians thus the HEART Score we developed to help with risk stratification. HEART is an acronym for History, ECG, Age, Risk factors and Troponin. The goal of our study is to determine if the HEART score is actually effective on admission rates and if it’s helping to save cost.