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What Are Some Radiographic Signs of Congenital Heart Disease?

Pediatric Education

Patient Presentation A resident was discussing a newborn who had been transferred from an outside facility for cyanosis. “The baby even had a snowman sign on his x-ray. I’ve only read about that because usually we get an echo so fast and already know what is happening. They think that baby was already having problems in utero so you could see the snowman so quickly after birth,” he said.

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ECG Blog #393 — Why So Many Shapes?

Ken Grauer, MD

The interesting rhythm shown in Figure-1 was obtained after Adenosine was given for a regular SVT ( S upra V entricular T achycardia ). How would YOU interpret this rhythm in Figure-1 ? Why are there so many shapes for the QRS complex in the long lead II rhythm strip? Figure-1: 12-lead ECG and long lead II rhythm strip obtained after Adenosine was given for a regular SVT rhythm.

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The Decision To Stop In Geriatric Trauma – Part 2

The Trauma Pro

In my previous post, I reviewed a recent paper analyzing which geriatric patients were more likely to have care withdrawn after serious injury. The authors noted that those with significant limitations to daily living activities, increasing age and/or frailty, and ventilator dependence were major factors. Today’s paper was written by a multi-institutional group from several Ohio trauma centers.

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Which Sepsis Alert is the Biggest Loser?

EM Literature of Note

It’s a trick question – in the end, all of us have already lost. This is a short retrospective report evaluating, primarily, the Epic Sepsis Prediction Model, and the mode in which is deployed. The Epic SPM generates a “prediction of sepsis score”, calculated at 15 minute intervals, providing a continuous risk score for the development of sepsis.

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Peptoid Oligomers Target Viral Membranes

Medagadget

Researchers at New York University have developed a new method to target many viruses that cause disease. For viruses with a lipid membrane, which includes many that commonly cause disease, this new technique could prove to be fatal. By targeting the lipid membrane, the approach may circumvent the treatment resistance that arises when viruses mutate to alter their surface proteins, which are the most common targets for conventional anti-viral drugs.

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Workplace Safety and Health in a Barbie World

NIOSH Science Blog

As the occupational safety and health community continues to combat very real and serious hazards, we are closing out the summer with a little fun. This summer Barbie and friends have recaptured national attention breaking box office records with movie ticket sales exceeding one billion dollars in just a few weeks. While Barbie’s first “job” in 1960 was as a fashion designer, she went on to hold over 200 jobs[1] across various industries (of course with the corresponding outfits and accessories)

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The Decision To Stop In Geriatric Trauma

The Trauma Pro

Traumatic injury is a continuum ranging from very minor to immediately fatal. The mortality rate along that continuum rises exponentially as the Injury Severity Score (ISS) increases. We long ago moved away from the philosophy of keeping someone alive at all costs to embracing the concept of quality of life. We have become more thoughtful about considering patient and family input in difficult cases.

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Urban Air Mobility (UAM): Transforming Healthcare and Beyond

Emergency Live

Drones and VTOLs to the Rescue: The Future of Medical Emergencies Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is ushering in a new era in the fields of medical response, parcel delivery, and passenger transport by harnessing the potential of advanced air vehicles like drones and Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. These innovative technologies offer faster and […] The post Urban Air Mobility (UAM): Transforming Healthcare and Beyond appeared first on Emergency Live.

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Jet Lag and Residency: Long Distance Relationships in Medicine

SheMD

When I started looking at where I wanted to spend my residency during the fourth year of medical school, I considered numerous factors, as every student does. Many of them are quite similar: location, quality or style of learning, fellowship options, benefits, personality fit, etc. However, not everyone is at the same place in life when they are matching.

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Instructors' Collection ECG - Inferior Posterior Wall M.I. In Cabrera Format

ECG Guru

Does something about this ECG look "different" to you? This ECG shows a “classic” presentation of inferior-posterior M.I. when it is caused by a lesion in the right coronary artery (RCA). There are ST elevations in leads II, III, and aVF. Reciprocal ST depression is seen in Leads I and aVL. There is also reciprocal ST depression in Leads V1 – V3.

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The emergency management of mediastinal masses

Don't Forget the Bubbles

Depending on the location of the mediastinal mass, lying a child flat or using a rapid sequence induction protocol may cause cardiorespiratory arrest. As clinicians, we need to be prepared. What causes a mediastinal mass? The mediastinum is the segment of the thorax that includes structures vital to life – the heart, major blood vessels, and the airway.

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Fighting Water with Water: A Revolutionary Solution to Flooding

Emergency Live

Rapid H2O Flood Barriers: A New and Innovative Solution to Flood Control They say that sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. But what about fighting water with water? In the realm of innovative flood control, the Rapid H2O flood barriers are making waves in the UK market. This ingenious system utilizes water as […] The post Fighting Water with Water: A Revolutionary Solution to Flooding appeared first on Emergency Live.

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Quoth quacks, “The medical consensus has changed before, making my quackery science!”

Science Based Medicine

Brave maverick doctors (i.e., quacks) have long tried to portray themselves as "innovators" challenging an ossified medical consensus for the good of patients. This tradition continues among COVID-19 quacks, in particular the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance and its founders. The post Quoth quacks, “The medical consensus has changed before, making my quackery science!

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The Crashing Brain: Approach to the first 10 minutes

First 10 EM

This is a guest post by Dr. Katie Lin. Dr. Katie Lin is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary, a Stroke Attending with the Calgary Stroke Program, and a critical care Flight Transport Physician with STARS Air Ambulance in Alberta. She completed her residency training and stroke fellowship in Calgary and a Masters of Public […] The post The Crashing Brain: Approach to the first 10 minutes appeared first on First10EM.

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From Machu Picchu to Healthcare Recruitment: Navigating Different Terrains with Purpose

Core Medical Group

In the heart of healthcare recruitment at CoreMedical Group, there's Michael - a Long-Term Care recruiter in the Travel Nursing division with a passion for the outdoors and a heart devoted to healthcare. As he navigates the intricate world of matching nurses with their dream assignments, his unique approach of personal experiences and professional drive shines through.

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Stress cardiomyopathy: broken heart syndrome (or Takotsubo syndrome)

Emergency Live

Takotsubo syndrome, also known as stress cardiomyopathy, is a temporary non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy that results from stressful and emotionally intense situations The post Stress cardiomyopathy: broken heart syndrome (or Takotsubo syndrome) appeared first on Emergency Live.

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Sensible Medicine x Vaccine Curious: Tracy Beth Høeg and Christine Stabell Benn compare US & Danish COVID-19 response and child vaccination policy

Sensible Medicine

Listen now | An introduction to a podcast series comparing US and Danish public policy, with a focus on the many differences in COVID-19 response and vaccination policies

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Summer COVID Wave

Science Based Medicine

COVID is still here, happily mutating, and we need to adapt to this new reality. The post Summer COVID Wave first appeared on Science-Based Medicine.

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Grand Rounds Recap 8.16.23

Taming the SRU

IN-Flight Emergencies - utility of trauma pan-scans - Sepsis operations - bites and stings - Intro to reliability science In-Flight Emergencies WITH Dr. Urbanowicz Approximately 1 in 40 flights are affected by a medical emergency, yet <2% planes get diverted Most commonly due to syncope, headache, dizziness, and/or nausea/vomiting As a physician, you are not legally obligated to intervene on an in-flight medical emergencies in the US This does vary for international flights Aviation Medical

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Helitech Expo 2023: Shaping the Future of Air Mobility

Emergency Live

The UK’s leading business event for the rotorcraft industry After the success of Helitech Expo 2022 which saw over 3,000 key buyers in attendance and 50 hours worth of unmissable content, we can now confirm the show will be returning on the 26th & 27th of September at the ExCeL London and we have some […] The post Helitech Expo 2023: Shaping the Future of Air Mobility appeared first on Emergency Live.

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Could we do worse than the PSA for prostate cancer screening?

Sensible Medicine

Last week a friend sent me a link to an article in The Financial Times titled, MRI scan more accurate than blood test at diagnosing prostate cancer, UK study finds. I read the article, skeptically, thinking MRI as a screening test, come on. I thought it was a piece of churnalism until I read the study itself from BMJ oncology and realized that the real story was research article.

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JC: The ARREST trial. Does bypass to cardiac arrest centres save lives? St Emlyn’s

St. Emlyn

St.Emlyn's - Emergency Medicine #FOAMed Journal Club review of the ARREST trial showing that bypass to a cardiac arrest centre in London does not improve outcomes. #FOAMed #cardiology @stemlyns The post JC: The ARREST trial. Does bypass to cardiac arrest centres save lives? St Emlyn’s appeared first on St.Emlyn's.

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REBEL Core Cast 107.0 – Vertebral Osteomyelitis

RebelEM

Take Home Points Clinical presentation is very nonspecific; evaluate all patients presenting with back pain for infectious risk factors. Baseline labs should not guide diagnosis, but may assist in later management. MRI is key to diagnosis, obtain this imaging in all patients who raise clinical suspicion Patients with hemodynamic instability and neurologic compromise warrant empiric antibiotics.

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Intersection Dangers – Emergency Response Drive Training With A Simulator

Emergency Live

Emergency Response Driver Simulator: A Safe and Effective Way to Train for Intersection Dangers Intersections contain several potential hazards and risks for an emergency driver. The driver must assess and negotiate an intersection without risking an accident. Potential hazards, which may be pedestrians or other road users hiding behind vehicles, can stress drivers when an […] The post Intersection Dangers – Emergency Response Drive Training With A Simulator appeared first on Emergency Liv

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The NOAH Study Provides Evidence That Aids Decision-Making in Atrial Fibrillation

Sensible Medicine

This weekend at the European Society of Cardiology, I watched Professor Paulus Kirchhof present results of the NOAH AFNET 6 trial, which is also published in the New England Journal of Medicine. I describe it here for two reasons: it is an example of well-conducted unbiased study, and it deals with an increasingly common problem of short-duration episodes of atrial fibrillation.

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Paediatric Point of care ultrasound: Big Kids playing with toys or the future of Paediatric emergency medicine? Part II

St. Emlyn

St.Emlyn's - Emergency Medicine #FOAMed Part 2 of our introduction to ultrasound use in the paediatric emergency department with @Dr_Pete_EmMed #USS @FOAMed #paediatrics The post Paediatric Point of care ultrasound: Big Kids playing with toys or the future of Paediatric emergency medicine? Part II appeared first on St.Emlyn's.

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A woman in her 70s with chest pain

Dr. Smith's ECG Blog

Case sent by Logan Stark MD, written by Pendell Meyers A woman in her 70s presented with acute chest pain. It started 10 hours prior to arrival, then had improved, then recently returned. No prior ECG was available. Here is her triage ECG: What do you think? The ECG was sent to me with no information, and I replied "OMI". I sent this ECG to the Queen of Hearts (PMcardio OMI), and here is the verdict: V1 and V2 have abnormal STE, and V2 has a hyperacute T wave.

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Bristow signs search and rescue contract in Ireland

Emergency Live

Renewing Air Rescue in Ireland: Bristow and the New Era of Search and Rescue for the Coastguard On 22 August 2023, Bristow Ireland officially signed a contract with the Irish government to provide search and rescue (SAR) services using helicopters and turboprop aircraft to serve the Irish Coast Guard. Starting in the fourth quarter of […] The post Bristow signs search and rescue contract in Ireland appeared first on Emergency Live.

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EMCrit 356 – More on Accidental Hypothermia with Ken Zafren

EMCrit

A deeper dive on accidental hypothermia in anticipation of my much awaited winter EMCrit Project by Scott Weingart, MD FCCM.

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Are “keto supplements” necessary?

Science Based Medicine

A closer look at the science supporting beta hydroxybutyrate supplements The post Are “keto supplements” necessary? first appeared on Science-Based Medicine.

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SAEM Clinical Images Series: A Dangerous Cause of Abdominal Pain

ALiEM

A 65-year-old male presented with chest and abdominal pain for three weeks. He endorsed a poor appetite and a weight loss of 16 kilograms in the last month. He denied fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and tarry stools and described having his usual bowel movements. Additional Images Physical Exam Vitals : BP 172/71; HR 127; T 35.9°C; O2 Sat 100% General : In acute distress Cardiovascular : Regular rate and rhythm; no murmur; bilateral upper extremity and lower extremity pulses palpable Gastrointestin

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What is the peritoneum? Definition, anatomy and contained organs

Emergency Live

The peritoneum is a thin, almost transparent, mesothelial serous membrane found in the abdomen that forms the lining of the abdominal cavity and part of the pelvic cavity (parietal peritoneum), and also covers a large part of the viscera contained within it (visceral peritoneum), while at the same time attaching them to the walls of the cavity (viscera ligaments) The post What is the peritoneum?

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Medical Malpractice Insights: Failure to detect child abuse results in $45 million verdict

EMDocs

Here’s another case from Medical Malpractice Insights – Learning from Lawsuits , a monthly email newsletter for ED physicians. The goal of MMI-LFL is to improve patient safety, educate physicians and reduce the cost and stress of medical malpractice lawsuits. To opt in to the free subscriber list, click here. Stories of med mal lawsuits can save lives.

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ED Violence Has Staff Scared, Unsupported: A behavioral health crisis is not a free pass to cause bodily injury to health care workers

Emergency Medicine News

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The Donut of Truth (ahh that CT scan)

EM Ottawa

In Korea where I (hi!) originally trained, because of fewer human resources (like radiologists), and an abundance of technological resources,(like CT and MRI) emergency physicians often are expected to read their own imaging. There are next-day overreads from Radiology, and patients are sometimes called back, but by and large, in-the-moment decisions are made by the […] The post The Donut of Truth (ahh that CT scan) appeared first on EMOttawa Blog.

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Abnormalities in the transmission of electrical impulses: Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome

Emergency Live

Wolff Parkinson White syndrome is a cardiac pathology due to an abnormal transmission of the electrical impulse between the atria and ventricles which can cause tachyarrhythmias and palpitations The post Abnormalities in the transmission of electrical impulses: Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome appeared first on Emergency Live.

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Should We Be Prescribing Cookware? A Potential Intervention for Iron Deficiency Anemia - Clinical Correlations

Clinical Correlations

By Marie T. Mazzeo Peer Reviewed Anemia poses a significant threat to public health and affects approximately 2 billion people, nearly one-quarter of the world’s population.1,2 Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia worldwide and is the most common nutrient deficiency. 1,2.

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