2023

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Little People, Big Updates: Updates in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

EM Ottawa

Do you remember when every newborn under 30 days with a fever needed an LP/admission/blood cultures? Well. times are a little different but its nuanced. The goal of this update is to provide a practical update in pediatric emergency medicine to the average Canadian adult or community emergency clinician. We will review the following three […] The post Little People, Big Updates: Updates in Pediatric Emergency Medicine appeared first on EMOttawa Blog.

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Telemedicine in emergency care

Emergency Live

The benefits and challenges in the digital age: the telemedicine revolution in emergency care Telemedicine is playing an increasingly significant role in emergency care, revolutionizing the way care is delivered. The ability to conduct remote medical consultations has opened up new opportunities for faster and more efficient response to medical emergencies.

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SGEM#423: Where is the Love? Microaggression in the Emergency Department

The Skeptics' Guide to EM

Reference: Punches et al. Patient Perceptions of Microaggressions and Discrimination Towards Patients During Emergency Department Care. AEM Dec 2023 Date: December 14, 2023 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Chris Bond is an emergency medicine physician and assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. He is also an avid FOAM supporter/producer through various online outlets including TheSGEM.

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ECG Blog #409 — Every-Other-Beat.

Ken Grauer, MD

The ECG in Figure-1 — was obtained from a patient with palpitations. The patient was hemodynamically stable in association with this rhythm. QUESTIONS: What is the rhythm in Figure-1 ? — How certain are you of your answer? — Why is QRS morphology changing ? Figure-1: The initial ECG in today's case. My Interpretation of the ECG in Figure-1: Since the patient is hemodynamically stable — there is time for systematic assessment of the rhythm.

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Neurogenic Shock in Children

Pediatric EM Morsels

To celebrate the end of trauma season ( is it ever really over? ), we here at the Ped EM Morsels Bakery have cooked up a morsel to remind you that pediatric trauma can be even more difficult than you think. Never fear. As our fearless leader likes to say: “children are not aliens, but they are a special population with unique anatomy and physiology.” Children compensate for blood and volume loss very well… until they don’t.

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Do mRNA vaccines produce harmful “junk proteins” that “gunk up” the cell and cause unintended “off-target” immune responses?

Science Based Medicine

A new study is making the rounds in the antivax crankosphere. The study found that the modified mRNA used in the Pfizer vaccine can cause a frame shift (to be explained) that results in the production of proteins besides the intended spike protein. The findings are, as you probably guessed, a big nothingburger compared to how they are being spun. The post Do mRNA vaccines produce harmful “junk proteins” that “gunk up” the cell and cause unintended “off-target” immune responses?

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A Beginner’s Guide to Vasoactive Drug use in Children with Septic Shock

Don't Forget the Bubbles

Four-year-old Ed is being resuscitated for presumed Invasive Group A Streptococcal Sepsis from tonsilitis. He presented tachycardic and hypotensive with a capillary refill time of 5 seconds. After 40ml/kg of IV 0.9% NaCl, his HR came down a little, but the effect was short-lived. He has an HR of 190/min, and his BP is 85/35 mmHg. The CRT is unchanged.

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AIR – Learning from the Airway Registry (November 2023)

Greater Sydney Area HEMS

Airway Registry learning points reflect the challenges described and wisdom shared by Sydney HEMS personnel and guests at the Clinical Governance Airway Registry presentations. Cases are discussed non-contemporaneously, anonymised and amalgamated over a period of time to draw together unifying take-home messages. Details of specific cases are removed and/or changed, such that any similarity to real-life patients or scenarios is coincidental.

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Massive hemorrhage: a very deep dive

First 10 EM

Transfusion seems like the simplest intervention in medicine. The patient is losing blood, so let’s put some back in. Not much more complicated than an oil change. Sure, you need to use a specific brand, but as long as the system is topped up, everything should run just fine. Therefore, when someone (to be left […] The post Massive hemorrhage: a very deep dive appeared first on First10EM.

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Massive Haemorrhage: Science and Practice

Broome Docs

This is another lecture by the always amazing Dr Justin Morgenstern from the series of talks he delivered on his tour of Perth in September 2023. In this talk I challenged Justin to go on a very deep dive into the literature around the modern management of the massively bleeding trauma patient. What is the best way to resuscitate and replace all those blood products in these severely unwell people?

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Transforming Canada’s Healthcare Landscape with Paramedics

EM Ottawa

Canada’s healthcare system, once a source of national pride, is now facing critical challenges that have led many to view it as “unwell” or “sick.” Access to healthcare services has become a pressing concern, sparking a call for change and revitalization. The 911 Emergency System was initially designed as a means to manage emergencies and […] The post Transforming Canada’s Healthcare Landscape with Paramedics appeared first on EMOttawa Blog.

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Battle of the Portables – VScan SL by GE Healthcare

Critical Care North Hampton

We’ve been busy again to bring you the fastest review of GE’s new offering. The VScan SL probe is due to be released and we were lucky enough to get our hands on this fab device. Was it as good as its sister device, the VSCan Air? Take a look at our 3-person review. Below.

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PATCH

The Bottom Line

In adult patients with major trauma, who are at risk for trauma-induced coagulopathy does early administration of 1g of tranexamic acid (TXA) followed by an infusion of 1g over 8 hours, compared with placebo, increase survival with a favourable functional outcome at 6 months?

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ECG Video Blog #403 (220) — Ps,Qs,3Rs Approach to this Tachycardia.

Ken Grauer, MD

== — CLICK HERE — for a V ideo presentation of this case! Below are slides used in my video presentation. For full discussion of this case — See ECG Blog #220 — == The long lead II rhythm strip shown in Figure-1 was obtained from an 51-year-old man who presented to the ED ( Emergency Department ) with "palpitations" that began 1 hour earlier. HOW would you interpret this tracing?

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Clinical Conundrum: Should a Troponin Routinely be Ordered in Patients with SVT?

RebelEM

Bottom Line Up Top: Troponins should not be routinely sent in patients presenting with SVT. Rarely, they may be necessary if the patient has concerning ischemic symptoms that persist after conversion to sinus rhythm. Clinical Scenario: A 44-year-old man presents with palpitations that started 45 minutes ago. He has no medical problems and denies any prior similar symptoms.

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Steve Kirsch’s “mother of all revelations” about the “deadliness” of COVID-19 vaccines goes poof

Science Based Medicine

On Thursday, Steve Kirsch gave his long-hyped talk about "record-level data" from New Zealand that supposedly demonstrates that COVID-19 vaccines have killed more than 10 million people worldwide. His "analysis" of illegally obtained data from a "whistleblower" was so ridden with false assumptions and rookie errors that even some antivaxxers couldn't accept it.

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Entirely predictable: More parents don't want routine vaccination for their kids

Sensible Medicine

The CDC has just reported that more parents than ever are getting vaccine exemptions for their children entering Kindergarten. For many of us who have witnessed the CDC’s repeated blunders with kids COVID19 vaccines, this result is entirely predictable. The CDC has lost the trust of the American people, and it will keep getting worse. First, let me say, I warned them.

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How To Read a Scientific Paper

Don't Forget the Bubbles

Read between the lines. No matter where we are or what type of medicine we practice, it is likely that we all were told at one point that we were expected to be lifelong learners. This is important as medical knowledge is constantly evolving. Dr. David Sackett, the father of evidence-based medicine, once said: I The traditional way to stay current is by reading the relevant scientific literature.

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PulmCrit: New ARDS guidelines reveal a shambolic state of affairs

EMCrit

Within the past year, two major societies have released guidelines on ARDS: the ATS (American Thoracic Society) and the ESICM (European Society of Intensive Care Medicine). Don’t be fooled by their names – both of these organizations are fundamentally international in scope. Some authors on the ATS document were from Europe, and similarly some authors […] EMCrit Project by Josh Farkas.

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Texas Residency Program Unexpectedly Announces Closure

ACEP Now

The CHRISTUS Health-Texas A&M Spohn Emergency Medicine Residency Program announced Friday that its program will close in June 2026 after the current emergency medicine residents complete their training. An official reason for the closure was not immediately available from the hospital administration, but residents there said they were told the surprise move was likely because of financial reasons.

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HEMS Debrief #1 – Dr Cliff Reid

Greater Sydney Area HEMS

In the first in this series, HEMS physician and podcast host Dr Samuel Bulford interviews senior staff specialist Dr Cliff Reid who describes a case that changed his life and set his approach to mission preparation and training on a new trajectory.

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Experiential learning with a TWIST: Ovarian Torsion

EM Ottawa

I was in the OR for the first day of my anesthesia rotation when suddenly the pain hit me. It was in my left flank, radiating to my back — so much pain I could hardly think. A flurry of tests later, my ultrasound showed good doppler flow, and my lab work was pristine. I had […] The post Experiential learning with a TWIST: Ovarian Torsion appeared first on EMOttawa Blog.

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Will A.I take over the World?!

Critical Care North Hampton

In this video, my great friend and fellow editor Dr Marcus Peck, talks us through the world of A.I in POCUS! Let’s face it, our kids are using it to write essays, the military uses it and you can’t seem to be able to speak to a human being on the phone as companies are.

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Early and Empirical High-Dose Cryoprecipitate for Hemorrhage After Traumatic Injury

The Bottom Line

In patients with trauma and critical bleeding who require activation of a major haemorrhage protocol, does the empiric administration of 3 pools of cryoprecipitate (6g fibrinogen) within 90 minutes of randomisation (and no more than 3 hours after injury) improve survival, compared to standard care?

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Delayed sequence intubation: An RCT

First 10 EM

Introduced to the world by our friend Scott Weingart, delayed sequence intubation (DSI) is often summarized as procedural sedation for the procedure of preoxygenation. (Weingart 2011, Weingart 2015) It is a brilliant concept, makes a ton of sense on paper, and anecdotally has seemed to help a number of my patients. However, any long time […] The post Delayed sequence intubation: An RCT appeared first on First10EM.

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A 50-something with Regular Wide Complex Tachycardia: What to do if electrical cardioversion does not work?

Dr. Smith's ECG Blog

Case submitted by anonymous. Written by Smith. Ken's piece at the bottom is excellent. A 50-something presented with s udden onset palpitations 8 hrs prior while sitting at desk at work. He had concurrent sharp substernal chest pain that resolved, but palpitations continued. Over past 3 months, he has had similar intermittent episodes of sharp chest pain while running, but none at rest.

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The Great Barrington Declaration and “natural herd immunity” versus public health three years later

Science Based Medicine

Over the weekend, Jeffrey Tucker, founder of the Brownstone Institute, crowed about how the Great Barrington Declaration and its recommendation of a "natural herd immunity" approach to the pandemic changed everything three years ago. Unfortunately, as the John Snow Project pointed out last week, the "natural herd immunity" approach has done what could be irreparable damage to public health science and, more importantly, the political and social will to promote public health practices not just fo

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Doctors and 'experts' who got it wrong during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sensible Medicine

Doctors and ‘experts’ who got COVID policy wrong are asking for forgiveness. Their errors hurt children— resulting in massive learning losses— and caused broader destabilization to the economy, work life, social communities and more. Do they deserve forgiveness? And, why did they err in the first place? Recently Scott Galloway, the NYU professor, appeared on Bill Maher.

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Hypothermia and drowning

Don't Forget the Bubbles

A PEM adventure It’s time for another PEM adventure. Join us on another journey (with an inbuilt time travel machine) in managing Elsa, a 2-year-old girl who is a HUGE fan of the Disney movie, Frozen. Elsa was found face down in the family pool 20 minutes after last visual contact and was picked up without resuscitation. Emergency Medical Services found her apneic and pulseless.

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Speaking urgent care flow fluently

St. Emlyn

St.Emlyn's - Emergency Medicine #FOAMed Simplifying urgent care data translation is essential for hospital flow improvement. This post provides a perspective on how to achieve this. The post Speaking urgent care flow fluently appeared first on St.Emlyn's.

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First10EM Journal Club: June 2023

Broome Docs

Hi All, we are back with another instalment of the Journal Club with Justin Morgenstern. Big news this month is that Justin has just been invited to visit my home shop as the honorary WG Smith Fellow and deliver a series of EBM lectures to the local teams in Western Australia. So we are planning to take this show on th eraod and do some live sessions later in 2023.