This week for our Grand Rounds, Dr. Kate Aberger, MD, FACEP discussed Emergent Suffering in the ED. It is important that Emergency Physicians are aware of best practices when caring and communicating with patients nearing their end of life. Read ahead for useful Palliative Care tips.
Always looking up the clinical findings of a central vs. peripheral CN VII palsy? Wondering who to treat and who not to treat? Well...this post is for you! Click to read more about the basics of a Bell's Palsy!
Looking for a quick review of side effects to frequently used antibiotics? This week, Dr. Sam Eldrich discussed potential complications from commonly used antibiotics used in the ED. So think twice before subscribing that antibiotic....
It’s the end of a long night shift and you are about to see your next patient triaged as “known history of gastroparesis, presenting with intractable nausea and vomiting.” You know you are in for a rough battle ahead without any good pharmacological choices for treatment. Enter HALOPERIDOL.
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.
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.
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...