Choosing wisely: Unnecessary tests and treatments cost money and harm your patient financially (DO NO HARM)!

  1. Don’t order CT head scans in adults and children who have suffered minor head injuries (unless positive for a head injury clinical decision rule).
  2. Don’t prescribe antibiotics in adults with bronchitis/asthma and children with bronchiolitis.
  3. Don’t order lumbosacral (low back) spinal imaging in patients with non-traumatic low back pain who have no red flags/pathologic indicators
  4. Don’t order neck radiographs in patients who have a negative examination using the Canadian C-spine rules.
  5. Don’t prescribe antibiotics after incision and drainage of uncomplicated skin abscesses unless extensive cellulitis exists.

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