This post is not intended to be a comprehensive review of skull fracture types and management, but rather a discussion of two subtypes of skull fracture – open and depressed fractures. I chose this topic because it’s something I saw frequently during my recent elective working in an emergency department in Kumasi, Ghana. In the United States at trauma centers these patients are frequently managed immediately by neurosurgery; however, with few consultants available, I was able to be more involved in the prolonged care of these patients. If faced with these types of severe head/skull injuries in a community hospital, it is important to feel comfortable with the initial management.
Do you routinely recommend rest for your post-concussive pediatric patient? You may reconsider this adivce. This week Dr. Lou Argentine reviewed this clincal question for his critically appraised topic.
Have you cared for a paient dying from traumatic hemorrhagic shock despite maximum resucitation efforts? Dr. Zaffer Qasim from Christiana Care and @emmeddoc joined us for an outstanding talk on the use of REBOA in this patient population.
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.
Supracondylar fractures are the most common upper extremity fracture in the pediatric population therfore every emergency medicine provider should be deeply familiar with the known complications of such pathology. This post will introduce the types of supracondylar fractures and known complications.
Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) offers rapid transport to trauma centers while simultaneously providing advanced prehospital care. It is through these reasons that HEMS carries a survival benefit over ground emergency medical services (GEMS). However, increasing financial burdens and aviation risks to flight crews/patients complicate the decision to transport a patient by HEMS.
Do you sound like a first year medical student when discussing hand injuries by phone with consultants? Forget all the tendon anatomy you crammed for in anatomy? FDP? FDS? FPL? Then check out this post for a "Back to Basics" online hand exam lecture by Dr. Fred Heckler from UPMC.