Custom Rapid Responses

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Our custom, on-demand Hotline Service makes it easy for you to submit questions about new drugs, devices, or procedures, or issues related to their use—and get quick answers from our doctoral-level research analysts.

Get a Roadmap to the Clinical Literature

Each custom response, delivered in as few as five business days, allows you to explore the clinical literature of a class of technology or intervention without analysis. Reports include a technology overview including claims about what it is purported to do, a summary of the literature based on our searches, and links to the key resources we've identified, including peer-reviewed literature, gray literature, studies, standards and guidelines, and FDA information.

Because Hotline Responses are based on a review of abstracts of published articles, we cannot comment on the reliability of study results or the methods the authors used to analyze their data. Completed Hotline Responses are added to our database.

This service is available as part of our Health Technology Assessment Information Service.

 Sample Custom Rapid Reviews

 

 

Rapid Point-of-care Blood Testing in the Home Healthcare Settinghttps://www.ecri.org/components/Hotline/Pages/24876.aspxRapid Point-of-care Blood Testing in the Home Healthcare Setting1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM ​Point-of-care testing (POCT) is done near a patient, often at the bedside, and can be conducted in-hospital or outside the hospital. POCT is usually performed by nurses, physicians, paramedics, or patients who are not trained in laboratory testing procedures. POCT's main advantage is the rapid turnaround time for results and that it typically requires less sample volume. This Hotline Response looks specifically at POCT use in the home healthcare setting and at the commercial kits and devices designed for use in this setting.
Technologies for Decontaminating Medical Equipment Used for Patients with Ebola Virus Diseasehttps://www.ecri.org/components/Hotline/Pages/23413.aspxTechnologies for Decontaminating Medical Equipment Used for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease6/3/2015 12:00:00 AM ​The CDC recommends using “dedicated medical equipment (preferably disposable, when possible)” in caring for patients with EVD. In cases in which nondedicated and/or nondisposable medical equipment (e.g., patient monitors, stethoscopes, infusion pumps, ventilators, dialysis equipment) are used for patient care, the CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting them according to manufacturer's instructions and hospital policies.
Automated Technologies for Patient Room Disinfection and Decontamination of Biosafety Level 4 Infectious Agents, Including Ebola Virushttps://www.ecri.org/components/Hotline/Pages/14374.aspxAutomated Technologies for Patient Room Disinfection and Decontamination of Biosafety Level 4 Infectious Agents, Including Ebola Virus12/22/2014 12:00:00 AM ​We explore the literature on automated means of disinfecting patient rooms and the decontamination of Biosafety Level 4 infectious agents, including Ebola virus.