Oncological patients are at risk of developing several complications including life threatening infections. We often first worry about neutropenic fever in these patients. However, there are other oncological emergencies with which the emergency medicine physician needs to be familiar.
Delivering a baby in the emergency department is far from ideal and although all usually goes well, you need to be prepared in case it doesn’t. Shoulder dystocia gets a lot of hype because of those fancy corkscrew maneuvers, so instead of that we’re going to talk about another dreaded complication, post-partum hemorrhage.
Pericardiocentesis is a rarely performed, but potentially life-saving procedure. Commerical models are prohibitively expensive, but students and residents (and critical care fellows) still need to learn the mechanics, ideally with an ultrasound compatibile model. This week's post gives a step by step guide towards making a cheap, easy to fabricate phantom based on this fantastic paper published in the Journal of Emergency Medicne 2012: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21925818
Think just because you are a young, healthy physician that you are invinceable? Read this post and remember that we are vulnerable too...even more so because we often refuse to acknowledge when we are sick. This week's Advanced Practice topic comes to us courtesy of a Cooper EM alum. The story is told with full permission from the patient, his wife, though names are omitted to prevent any possible HIPPA entanglements!
Do you routinely perform large volume (or near large volume) paracentesis in your ED? If so, you need to know about a potentially life-threatening complication of this procedure...
A 34 year old Vietnamese male presents with complaint of neck swelling. It began one month ago and worsened over the past few days. He endorses fatigue and a mild weight loss. Exam shows an indurated, non mobile mass without tenderness or erythema. You order imaging and are concerned for TB but unsure what to do next.
So you think your young, healthy, sexually active patient with a painful joint and weird skin findings might have disseminated gonococcal infection or gonococcal arthritis…but you’re not sure of the difference between the two. Is there a difference? Then you wonder how to properly diagnosis and treat such an illness.
Tranexamic Acid! It seems everywhere we look there are people touting TXA as the next miracle drug. This post introduces the clinical applications of TXA and the evidence supporting its use.