Visual Diagnosis # 10

      A 72 year male presents to the emergency department with facial and periorbital soft-tissue swelling and associated increased shortness of breath. Family states was just discharged from the hospital yesterday after having a left sided pneumonectomy last week and began having dyspnea and swelling around his face, …

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100 Trauma Care Sites To Bookmark

  Taken from: ParamedictoRN.org “Traumatic injury is something that most paramedics, nurses, and other medical professionals will have to treat, or at least peripherally work with during their careers. The potential for traumatic injuries to cause lifelong damage if not cared for properly means that staying up-to-date on trauma best …

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Psychology of the Difficult Airway

    Rich Levitan, pioneer in airway management, talks about the psychology of the difficult airway and operator stress response. From the ERCAST podcast with Rob Orman, MD. This month’s audio podcast from the master of airway management, provides us with an almost transcendental approach to the difficult airway. A …

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PRO/CON: Is #FOAMed Essential to EM Education ?

    Here is a PRO/CON FOAM article I wrote the introduction for in Emergency Physicians Monthly. This is an excellent discussion regarding FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education) in emergency medicine education by Joe Lex, MD and Nicholas Genes, MD, PhD. What is  FOAM? In 2012, Mike Cadogan conceived …

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SMACC : Social Media and Critical Care

    ” SMACC is the most exciting innovation in the critical care education calendar, bringing together all the Critical Care Specialties (Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia, Rural GP’s, Retrieval medicine and Intensive Care) on a modern stage. Delegates interact face-to-face and online with the biggest names in web-based education. The enormous success …

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Visual Diagnosis # 9

  A 54 year-old male presents to the emergency department with symptoms of intermittent palpitations and mild dyspnea over the past few days. He denies chest pain, pressure or tightness. His past medical history is significant for type 2 diabetes which is diet controlled and hypertension which is well-controlled with …

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Visual Diagnosis # 8

    A 24 year-old male presents to the emergency department for evaluation of an eye injury with loss of vision. The patient states he was playing soccer last night when the ball struck him in the face injuring his left eye. There was no loss of consciousness. The patient …

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ECG Case Quiz # 4

    A 64-year-old is brought in by family from home. He had been experiencing 8/10 intermittent, non-radiating, substernal chest pressure since last night. Upon arrival in the emergency department his vitals signs are all within normal limits and his exam is physical exam is unremarkable. His initial ECG performed …

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Tricks of the Trade

    As many prehospital providers in the United States know – you won’t always have a handy calculator or smartphone when trying to convert a patient’s weight from pounds to kilograms. Until the United States gets with the times and starts using the metric system like the rest of …

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Post-Intubation and Ventilator Management

    Congratulations ! You got the tube in! Let’s celebrate! Wait. Not so fast – you still have work to do.       1. What are some of the things most commonly overlooked in post-intubation management? 2. Do you always provide both anesthesia AND analgesia to your intubated …

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Podcast of the Week

            Looking for a fantastic emergency medicine and critical care podcast ? Check out the Resuscitationist’s Awesome Guide to Everything, aka the RAGE Podcast. This new podcast from the lads and lasses from down under in Australia also brought us such gems as Life in the …

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Visual Diagnosis # 7

  A 42 yr old male presents with complaints of low-grade fevers and general malaise over the past 5 days. He denies headache, cough, vomiting or diarrhea. He has no significant PMHx. No known sick contacts, recent travel or recent illnesses. Today he awoke with a painful lesion on his …

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The Active Shooter

  What would you do if there was active shooter in your department? What do experts recommend you do?   This audio clip is from the December 2013 episode of EM:RAP (Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives.)  This is shared with permission from Mel Herbert and is a must listen for …

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The Room Keeps Spinning

  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common of vestibular disorders and the most easily treated. In most patients, it can be cured with a simple maneuver. BPPV occurs when calcium crystals called otoconia become dislodged from their normal location on the utricle of the inner ear. It …

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