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Back to Basics: Vaginal Bleeding in Late Pregnancy

You're working in your new hospital without ObGyn coverage and your triage nurse informs you that "there is a woman bleeding up front...she looks pregnant." You begin to run a differential through your head of what that problem could be. Read on below for diagnoses to consider.

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Back to Basics: Dental Blocks

While we aren't dentists, it's very common to encouter ED patients with dental complaints. Dental blocks are a very useful tool in the care of patients with not only dental pain, but can also be used to anesthesize certain areas of the face for laceration repairs. Read on below for a guide on the different types of blocks.

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Back to Basics: Complete Heart Block

68yo Male, hx DM (+insulin pump), CHF (+lasix), HTN, presents to the ED c/o intermittent episodes of lightheadedness for the past year, becoming more frequent over the past month and had an episode today while getting out of bed. No syncope. At home noted HR 33, went to urgent care, HR 37. Patient was sent to the ED for further evaluation. What did the ECG show?

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Back to Basics: Hypercalcemia

A 70 yo female s/p thyroidectomy 1 month ago on supplements presents to the ED complaining of intermittent nausea and vomiting for the past week with intermittent abdominal pain today. She reports that stools in her colostomy bag are now hard x 3 days. You get some labs and the basic metabolic panel shows... 

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Back to Basics: Infantile Botulism

This post was inspired by a recent clinical case in our department. A 7 week full term infant s/p spontaneous vaginal delivery with a normal maternal prenatal screen and course presents to your ED for not eating x 12 hours. On exam, you note decreased spontaneous movements, a weak suck and a weak cry noted. Vitals are normal. What's the diagnosis? 

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