A 92 yo female presents to the ED complaining left eye pain and bleeding, onset this am. Patient has hx of left corneal transplant in 2014. Patient with no vision in eye, also unable to differentiate light vs dark.
You are working a Sunday shift when the outpatient labs are closed, when a newborn arrives for their bilirubin check. Checking the lab is easy enough but do you know what to do with the result?
Ultrasound guidance has undeniably revolutionized IV access and is an incredibly useful skill for the ED physician. The following are by no means a comprehensive guide to the procedure but rather 10 tips for small changes that are often overlooked and can make a huge difference. If you have trained with ultrasound guided IV’s and feel comfortable already with your own style, this may not be as helpful for you. For the medical students, interns, and perhaps "less young attendings" that did not have a vascular probe attached to their hip during residency, read on!
Wounds sustained from animal bites are a common ED complaint. Read on below for an approach to bites that reviews when/how to close, use of antibiotics, when to give tetanus and indications for rabies prophylaxis.
Tis the season for respiratory infections in children. This week's post reviews a few of the important phyical exam findings in a child presenting with respiratory distress. Videos are included! Stay tuned for next week's post that will include some great pearls about bronchiolitis which you are sure to see if you care for pediatric patients!
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.