Sat, 04/01/2017 - 10:52am

Check out this great post from Dr. Michelle Lin from ALiEM about ABEM Oral Board Preparation including a video series from the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine!

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Fri, 03/31/2017 - 8:00am

Use a tidal volume of 6-8 cc / kg (ideal body weight) when ventilating your patient...even when they are obese

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Thu, 03/30/2017 - 6:43am

Are you maximizing your technique to provide optimal CPR?  This week Dr. Brian Roberts shared excellent take-home tips to remember when performing CPR.  

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Wed, 03/29/2017 - 8:00am

Patient suffered an assault to the face. What's the diagnosis?

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Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:52pm

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

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Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:00am

Chvostek’s sign is momentary contraction of the nose and/or lips in response to tapping the facial nerve at the angle of the jaw.  Associated with hypocalcemia, it has been found to be poorly sensitive and specific.  It is seen in 10-25% of healthy individuals with normal calcium levels, whereas approximately one third of patients with hypocalcemia will not demonstrate this sign.

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Sat, 03/25/2017 - 12:34pm

You are evaluating a patient who is having massive bleeding from his tracheostomy. The nurse reports that per chart review, the patient underwent planned tracheostomy five days ago.

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Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:33am

A postion paper from 2011 offers some guidance on this question.

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Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:04am

This past week Dr. Mallemat (@CriticalCareNow) shared his wisdom and approach to patients suffering from undifferentiated shock.  Keep reading for some very practical pearls!  

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Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:00am

54-year old male presents with finger laceration after catching his wedding band on metal scaffolding above his head. He now reports significant pain at his left fourth digit with skin avulsion and decreased range of motion. What's the diagnosis and what should you do next?

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