Mon, 12/19/2016 - 1:03pm

Patella fractures represent 1% of all fractures and are commonly seen after direct trauma to the bone (fall onto flexed knee, "dashboard" injury"). When to involve your consulting orthopedic surgeon is a key branch point in the management and care of these patients.

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Sun, 12/18/2016 - 6:03am

A high-yield review of the past week on EMDaily.

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Sat, 12/17/2016 - 3:57pm

Ketorolac (toradol) remains one of the giant pillars of pain management in the Emergency Department as the climate of non-opiate analgesia strengthens. This post aims to summarize recently published evidence revealing a lower analgesic ceiling for this medication.

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Fri, 12/16/2016 - 1:22pm

#1 Rule: Do NOT take control of the patient’s airway unless absolutely necessary!

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Thu, 12/15/2016 - 2:40pm

Case: 43 year old woman presents to Emergency Department after falling from height of second-story window after locking herself out of the house. Patient reports falling onto her left hip. On physical exam, no leg length discrepancy and no bony tenderness to palpation of left hip. The patient cannot move her left lower extremity at the hip and has significant pain with minimal passive range of motion.

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Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:29pm

Case: A 74 yo male patient with a PMH significant for rectal carcincoma (s/p chemotherapy and radiation; refused surgery) arrives with chief complaint of rectal pain and general malaise for two week duration. He notes urinary and fecal incontinence over this same time period. He also notes intermittent fevers.

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Tue, 12/13/2016 - 2:29pm

The anatomical location of a posterior myocardial infarction makes it's diagnosis not readily apparent. Intimate knowledge of standard and posterior ECG manifestations of posterior myocardial infarctions is crucial to picking up on this potential fatal pathology. This post aims to provide tips for evaluating patients for posterior myocardial infarction.

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 12:06pm

Beyond mortality, the plague of bacterial meningitis on the body and central nervous system has been well described. Included in post-meningitis neurologic sequelae are sensorineural hearing loss, seizures, and focal neurologic deficits. Early administration of dexamethasone serves to reduce CNS cytokine production and limit the severe inflammation contributing to the development of these long-lasting neurologic effects. Furthermore, appropriate timing and dosing of dexamethasone therapy in these patients is crucial and can be easily overlooked.

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Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:46am

A high-yield review of the past week on EMDaily.

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Sat, 12/10/2016 - 10:20am

During Week 12 of this NFL season, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed injured his shoulder while attempting to catch a pass in the endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. While Reed continued to finish the first half, he was diagnosed with an AC joint separation at halftime. This posts will give an review of the evaluation and management of AC joint separations in the ED.

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