Academic Emergency Medicine Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (U.S.), Wiley

Journal description

AEM is a monthly peer-reviewed journal that publishes material relevant to the practice, education, and investigation of emergency medicine, and reaches a wide audience of emergency care practitioners and educators. Each issue contains a broad range of topics relevant to the improvement of emergency, urgent, or critical care of the acutely ill or injured patient. Regular features include original research, preliminary reports, education & practice, annotated literature.

Current impact factor: 2.20

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.198
2012 Impact Factor 1.757
2011 Impact Factor 1.861
2010 Impact Factor 2.197
2009 Impact Factor 2.478
2008 Impact Factor 2.46
2007 Impact Factor 1.99
2006 Impact Factor 1.741
2005 Impact Factor 1.789
2004 Impact Factor 1.898
2003 Impact Factor 1.844
2002 Impact Factor 1.535
2001 Impact Factor 1.144
2000 Impact Factor 1.419
1999 Impact Factor 1.748
1998 Impact Factor 1.079
1997 Impact Factor 1.042

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.43
Cited half-life 6.90
Immediacy index 0.45
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 0.88
Website Academic Emergency Medicine website
Other titles Academic emergency medicine
ISSN 1069-6563
OCLC 28131897
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details


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    • If OnlineOpen is available, AHRC and ESRC authors, may self-archive after 24 months
    • Publisher last contacted on 07/08/2014
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The effect of sex on survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is controversial. Some studies report more favorable outcomes in women, while others suggest the opposite, citing disparities in care. Whether sex predicts differential age-specific survival is still uncertain. The objective was to study the sex-associated variation in survival to hospital discharge in OHCA patients as well as the relationship between age and sex for predicting survival. The Ontario Prehospital Advanced Life Support (OPALS) registry, collected in a large study of rapid defibrillation and advanced life support programs, is Utstein-compliant and has data on OHCA patients (1994 to 2002) from 20 communities in Ontario, Canada. All adult OHCAs not witnessed by emergency medical services (EMS) and treated during one of the three main OPALS phases were included. Clinically significant variables were chosen a priori (age, sex, witnessed arrest, initial cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR], shockable rhythm, EMS response interval, and OPALS study phase) and entered into a multivariable logistic regression model with survival to hospital discharge as the outcome, with sex and age as the primary risk factors. Fractional polynomials were used to explore the relationship between age and survival by sex. A total of 11,479 (out of 20,695) OPALS cases met inclusion criteria and 10,862 (94.6%) had complete data for regression analysis. As a group, women were older than men (median age = 74 years vs. 69 years, p < 0.01), had fewer witnessed arrests (43% vs. 49%; p < 0.01), had fewer initial ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia rhythms (24% vs. 42%; p < 0.01), had a lower rate of bystander CPR (12% vs. 17%; p < 0.01), and had lower survival (1.7% vs. 3.2%; p < 0.01). Survival to hospital admission and return of spontaneous circulation did not differ between women and men (p > 0.05). The relationship between age, sex, and survival to hospital discharge could not be analyzed in a single regression model, as age did not have a linear relationship with survival for men, but did for women. Thus, age was kept as a continuous variable for women but was transformed for men using fractional polynomials [ln(age) + age(3) ]. In sex-stratified regression models, the adjusted probability of survival for women decreased as age increased (adjusted odds ratio = 0.88, 95% confidence interval = 0.81 to 0.96, per 5-year increase in age) while for men, the probability of survival initially increased with age until age 65 years and then decreased with increasing age. Women had a higher probability of survival until age 47 years, after which men maintained a higher probability of survival. Overall OHCA survival for women was lower than for men in the OPALS study. Factors related to the sex differences in survival (rates of bystander CPR and shockable rhythms) may be modifiable. The probability of survival differed across age for men and women in a nonlinear fashion. This differential influence of age on survival for men and women should be considered in future studies evaluating survival by sex in OHCA population. © 2014 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 12/2014; 21(12):1503-1511. DOI:10.1111/acem.12540
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    ABSTRACT: To the best of the authors' knowledge, gender differences in nonmedical opioid presentations to the emergency department (ED) have not been studied. The objective was to explore gender differences in ED visits related to nonmedical prescription opioid use in a nationally representative sample. Se analizaron los datos desde 2001 del Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) para comparar las características entre las visitas entre varones y mujeres. Se desarrollaron modelos de regresión logística para examinar la asociación entre el género y las atenciones específicas por drogas y los resultados clínicos. Hubo una estimación de 426.010 visitas definidas por DAWN involucradas con la prescripción de fármacos opiáceos en 2011. La prevalencia de fármacos en las visitas relacionadas con fármacos opiáceos fue similar entre las mujeres y los varones. La ingestión de otro fármaco junto con los fármacos opiáceos se asoció con un riesgo incrementado de ingreso hospitalario tanto para las mujeres como para los varones, y los tipos de fármacos opiáceos ingeridos fueron similares entre las mujeres y los varones. Sin embargo, hubo diferencias entre géneros en los resultados clínicos dependiendo de la combinación específica de fármacos. Las diferencias de género existen en la atenciones en el SU relacionadas con la prescripción de opiáceos. Se precisa de futuras investigaciones para comprender estas diferencias y cualquiera de sus implicaciones en la atención de urgencias específicas de género e intervenciones breves. Spanish Según el conocimiento de los autores, las diferencias de género en las atenciones no médicas al Servicio de Urgencias (SU) no se han estudiado. El objetivo fue explorar las diferencias en función del género en las visitas relacionadas con el uso de opiáceos no prescritos por médicos en un muestra representativa nacional.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 12/2014; 21(12). DOI:10.1111/acem.12547
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    ABSTRACT: Over the past two decades, a burgeoning interest in women's health, the direct consequence of the feminist movement, has inspired a worldwide interest in the differences between the normal function of men and women and their unique experiences of the same illnesses. The scope and significance of what we have discovered and continue to find has fundamentally changed the way we prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases. Important questions remain, however, and deserve specific investigation and analysis.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 12/2014; 21(12). DOI:10.1111/acem.12533
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to test the effect of a brief educational and counseling intervention on increasing the uptake of free testing for Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) and Neisseria gonorrhea (gonorrhea) among young female emergency department (ED) patients. Women are particularly vulnerable to more serious consequences of these infections due to asymptomatic presentation. Increased testing is important to detect, treat, and halt the spread of these infections among asymptomatic women. This was a randomized controlled trial. Research assistants (RAs) approached female patients in two EDs. Eligible patients were between 18 and 35 years of age, who reported having sex with males, but were not attending the ED for either treatment of sexually transmitted infection (STI) or testing for possible STI exposure. Participants responded to survey questions about their lifetime and past 3-month substance use, number of recent sexual partners, condom use, and perception of risks for chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. Following the survey, the RAs randomized participants into study control or treatment arms. Each treatment arm participant received a brief educational/counseling intervention from the RA. The brief intervention focused on the woman's personal risks for chlamydia and gonorrhea and condoms attitudes and usage. As the primary outcome of this study, participants were offered free urine tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea infection postintervention or post-survey completion, depending on group assignment. A total of 171 women completed the baseline assessment and were offered chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. The mean (±SD) age was 26 (±4.76) years, 18% were Hispanic, and 12% were Spanish-speaking only. The brief intervention that was offered to increase these women's awareness of their STI risk did not result in increased acceptance of testing; 48% in the brief intervention group accepted testing (95% confidence interval [CI] = 32% to 64%) versus 36% in the control group (95% CI = 19% to 53%). In a multivariable logistic regression, only self-identifying as being Hispanic was associated with greater willingness to be tested. Of the asymptomatic women tested (n = 71), five tested positive for chlamydia. This represents a positivity rate of 7%. There were no positive test results for gonorrhea. Women who reported high-risk factors for STI, such as younger age (≤25 years), having sex in the past 90 days without using condoms, identified substance use, or previous STI, were not more likely to accept the offer of chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. The brief intervention used in this study did not increase the uptake of testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea infections in this sample, in comparison to receiving no intervention. Although Hispanic women were more likely to accept chlamydia and gonorrhea testing, it is concerning that those women who report STI risk factors were not more likely to accept the offer of chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. Future research should focus on the refinement of an intervention protocol to focus on prior STI and lack of condom use to increase the uptake of testing among this high-risk group. © 2014 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 12/2014; 21(12):1512-1520. DOI:10.1111/acem.12539
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    ABSTRACT: The primary objective of this study was to determine whether patient-described pain correlates with patient-described stress, anxiety, and satisfaction with ongoing treatment and if that correlation differs by gender. This was a prospective observational study at an urban, Level I trauma center conducted between June 1, 2010, and January 1, 2013. Patients reporting pain rated greater than 3 of 10 were eligible. Patients who qualified and consented for participation completed demographic and pain, anxiety, stress, and satisfaction scales at baseline, every 30 minutes, and at discharge. Data were analyzed using analysis of variance, chi-square tests, t-tests, multiple regression, and the Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney rank test. A total of 7,124 patients were screened for enrollment. Of those, 3,495 (49%) did not qualify at screening for various reasons, including insufficient pain levels (17.5%), elected not to participate (37.7%), did not qualify for other reasons (12.4%), and reason not captured (32.4%). A total of 3,629 (51%) screened patients were eligible and consented. Of those, 620 (16.8%) did not have any data collected past baseline, leaving 3,009 as the final sample size. The patients completing data collection had a median age of 39 years (range = 18 to 90 years), and 50% were male. The mean presenting pain visual analog scale (VAS) score was 71.5 mm. Presenting stress and anxiety VAS scores were significantly higher in females (0.61 and 0.53, respectively) than males (0.56 and 0.50, respectively), whereas presenting pain VAS (0.71 male and 0.72 female) and satisfaction VAS (0.34 male and 0.35 female) did not differ by sex. Ethnicity, education, and income were all statistically different when compared with baseline pain, stress, anxiety, and satisfaction. Male gender was associated with a significant change in pain over time from baseline (coefficient = 0.040, p = 0.037); however, when adjusting for age, ethnicity, education, and income, and for changes in stress, anxiety, and satisfaction VAS scores, changes in pain related to male gender was no longer significant (coefficient = 0.034, p = 0.11). When asked about their satisfaction with the results of the pain treatment that had been provided, patients reported a median of 2 (out of 6, 1 = satisfied, 6 = dissatisfied; interquartile range = 1 to 2). There was no significant difference between sexes (p > 0.90). Patient-reported stress and anxiety were higher among female patients than male patients, but there was no significant difference in reported pain and satisfaction between sexes. Sex alone was not a significant predictor of change in pain for patients presenting to the emergency department with pain-related complaints. Anxiety and stress may potentially influence the pain-gender relationship. © 2014 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 12/2014; 21(12):1478-1484. DOI:10.1111/acem.12543
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    ABSTRACT: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common cause of death for both men and women. However, over the years, emergency physicians, cardiologists, and other health care practitioners have observed varying outcomes in men and women with symptomatic CAD. Women in general are 10 to 15 years older than men when they develop CAD, but suffer worse postinfarction outcomes compared to age-matched men. This article was developed by the cardiovascular workgroup at the 2014 Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) consensus conference to identify sex- and gender-specific gaps in the key themes and research questions related to emergency cardiac ischemia care. The workgroup had diverse stakeholder representation from emergency medicine, cardiology, critical care, nursing, emergency medical services, patients, and major policy-makers in government, academia, and patient care. We implemented the nominal group technique to identify and prioritize themes and research questions using electronic mail, monthly conference calls, in-person meetings, and Web-based surveys between June 2013 and May 2014. Through three rounds of nomination and refinement, followed by an in-person meeting on May 13, 2014, we achieved consensus on five priority themes and 30 research questions. The overarching themes were as follows: 1) the full spectrum of sex-specific risk as well as presentation of cardiac ischemia may not be captured by our standard definition of CAD and needs to incorporate other forms of ischemic heart disease (IHD); 2) diagnosis is further challenged by sex/gender differences in presentation and variable sensitivity of cardiac biomarkers, imaging, and risk scores; 3) sex-specific pathophysiology of cardiac ischemia extends beyond conventional obstructive CAD to include other causes such as microvascular dysfunction, takotsubo, and coronary artery dissection, better recognized as IHD; 4) treatment and prognosis are influenced by sex-specific variations in biology, as well as patient-provider communication; and 5) the changing definitions of pathophysiology call for looking beyond conventionally defined cardiovascular outcomes to patient-centered outcomes. These emergency care priorities should guide future clinical and basic science research and extramural funding in an area that greatly influences patient outcomes. © 2014 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 11/2014; 21(12). DOI:10.1111/acem.12527
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    ABSTRACT: Low-dose ketamine has been used perioperatively for pain control and may be a useful adjunct to intravenous (IV) opioids in the control of acute pain in the emergency department (ED). The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of low-dose ketamine as an adjunct to morphine versus standard care with morphine alone for the treatment of acute moderate to severe pain among ED patients.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 11/2014; 21(11):1193-1202. DOI:10.1111/acem.12510
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    ABSTRACT: Helicopter emergency medical services (EMS) transport is expensive, and previous work has shown that cost-effective use of this resource is dependent on the proportion of minor injuries flown. To understand how overtriage to helicopter EMS versus ground EMS can be reduced, it is important to understand factors associated with helicopter transport of patients with minor injuries.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 11/2014; 21(11):1232-1239. DOI:10.1111/acem.12512
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    ABSTRACT: Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are highly lipophilic medications used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. Intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) is a recent antidote for lipophilic drug overdose with unclear effectiveness. ILE has been studied in TCA overdose in small animals, and cases are reported in humans, but controlled studies in a larger animal model are lacking. Given the high lipophilicity of amitriptyline, a TCA, the hypothesis was that ILE would be more effective than the standard antidote sodium bicarbonate in improving amitriptyline-induced hypotension. The objective was to determine if ILE improved hypotension (defined by a mean arterial pressure [MAP] < 60% baseline) compared to sodium bicarbonate for amitriptyline overdose in a critically ill porcine model.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 11/2014; 21(11):1212-1219. DOI:10.1111/acem.12513
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    ABSTRACT: Easily administrated cyanide antidotes are needed for first responders, military troops, and emergency department staff after cyanide exposure in mass casualty incidents or due to smoke inhalation during fires involving many victims. Hydroxocobalamin has proven to be an effective antidote, but cannot be given intramuscularly because the volume of diluent needed is too large. Thus, intraosseous (IO) infusion may be an alternative, as it is simple and has been recommended for the administration of other resuscitation drugs. The primary objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of IO delivery of hydroxocobalamin to intravenous (IV) injection for the management of acute cyanide toxicity in a well-described porcine model.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 11/2014; 21(11):1203-1211. DOI:10.1111/acem.12518
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    ABSTRACT: The objective was to evaluate the diagnostic test characteristics of three validated electrocardiographic (ECG) criteria for the diagnosis of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in undifferentiated, asymptomatic emergency department (ED) patients with hypertension (HTN).
    Academic Emergency Medicine 09/2014; 21(9):996-1002. DOI:10.1111/acem.12462
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to calculate national estimates of depression-related emergency department (ED) visits and associated health care resource use among children and adolescents 17 years or younger. Another goal was to explore the effects of certain sociodemographic and health care system factors and comorbidities on ED charges and subsequent hospitalization in the United States.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 09/2014; 21(9):1003-1014. DOI:10.1111/acem.12457
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    ABSTRACT: Due to the scarcity of specialized resources for pediatric trauma, "regionalization," or a system designed to get "the right child, to the right place, at the right time," is vital to quality pediatric trauma care. In Northern California, four pediatric trauma centers serve 3.9 million children within a geographically diverse area of 113,630 square miles. A significant proportion of children with trauma is initially triaged to nontrauma hospitals and may require subsequent transfer to a specialty center. Trauma transfer patterns to a pediatric trauma center may provide insight into regional primary triage practices. Transfers from hospitals in close proximity to pediatric trauma centers might suggest that some children could have avoided transfer with minimal additional transport time. While pediatric trauma centers are scarce and serve as regional resources, transfers from beyond the regular catchment area of a trauma center could be an indication of clinical need.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 09/2014; 21(9):1023-1030. DOI:10.1111/acem.12463
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    ABSTRACT: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is both common and serious, yet the desire to never miss the diagnosis, coupled with the low specificity of D-dimer testing, results in high imaging rates, return visits, and empirical anticoagulation. The objective of this study was to evaluate a new approach incorporating bedside limited-compression ultrasound (LC US) by emergency physicians (EPs) into the workup strategy for DVT.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 09/2014; 21(9):971-980. DOI:10.1111/acem.12459