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    Acute Blunt Abdominal Trauma(beta)

    Official guideline from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

    summary by Eric Steinberg, DO

    Diagnosis

    Imaging

    Level B

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    Level B

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    Risk Stratification

    Level B

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    Level C

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    Level C

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    Clinical Predictors

    Level C

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    Level A
    Generally accepted principles for patient management that reflect a high degree of clinical certainty (ie, based on strength of evidence Class I or overwhelming evidence from strength of evidence Class II studies that directly address all of the issues).
    Level B
    Recommendations for patient management that may identify a particular strategy or range of management strategies that reflect moderate clinical certainty (ie, based on strength of evidence Class II studies that directly address the issue, decision analysis that directly addresses the issue, or strong consensus of strength of evidence Class III studies).
    Level C
    Other strategies for patient management that are based on Class III studies, or in the absence of any adequate published literature, based on panel consensus.

    Diercks DB, Mehrotra A, Nazarian DJ, et al. American College of Emergency Physicians. Clinical Policy: Critical Issues in the Evaluation of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Acute Blunt Abdominal Trauma. Ann Emerg Med. 2011;57(4):387-404.