The cancer population is at an increased risk for morbidity and mortality from common infections due to their impaired immunity. Knowledge on how to approach the febrile neutropenic patient can have a huge impact on an otherwise horrific mortality rate in this vulnerable population.
Chad Simpkins, MD
In the emergency department, we are often asked by consultants to provide procedural sedation for reductions, suturing and repairs. Here is a cheat sheet to serve as your quick reference guide.
Modern immunizations in conjunction with better CT imaging has likely led to declining need for lumbar puncture in the emergency department to evaluate for meningitis and subarachnoid hemorrhage. This may contribute to physician discomfort with the procedure and lower likelihood of first attempt success. This study evaluated whether the addition of ultrasound guidance could increase first attempt success on infant lumbar puncture in the Emergency Department.
As ER physicians, we are greatly limited in what we can do for patients with submassive to massive hemoptysis.
- Our job is to manage the airway (prevent asphyxiation), reverse coagulopathies and provide supportive care
- The definitive therapy is an urgent bronchoscopy with ENT or pulmonology
But what if there was more we could do during the bridging period waiting the specialist on call? Enter tranexamic acid!
Do you ever wake up at night in a cold sweat from a nightmare about a shoulder dystocia delivery? This week, our OBGYN colleague Dr. Michelle Salvatore educated us on maneuvers to relieve shoulder dystocia during an ED delivery. Read ahead for her helpful tips so you can sleep easier!