Advanced Practice: N-acetyl cysteine for non-acetaminophen induced acute liver failure!
N-acetyl cysteine has a well established role in the early treatment of acetaminophen poisoning, but does it have any value in the treatment of other causes of acute liver failure? Read on for a quick summary of two studies, summarized by our own Dr. Poonam Kothari...
#EMconf: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Part 2!
This week's post wraps up our 2 parter on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the ED. Read on to discover all of the things that can go horribly wrong in this patient population!
#EMConf: Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the ED!
Last week the Cooper EM residents received a primer on the approach to the patient with IBD in the ED from our own GI fellow Krysta Contino. This week will focus on the basic approach, and next week we will take a deeper dive into specific complications that every ED doc needs to know about!
Back to Basics: Food Impaction
A 56 year old male presents to the ED reporting foreign body sensation in his throat after eating a large steak dinner the night before…
Advanced practice: Bariatric surgery complications
Obesity is a problem in the United States. More and more patients are receiving bariatric surgery, resulting in a predictably higher volume of patients seeking care in the ED for complications of surgery. Read on to learn more about some of the potentially devastating complications of the most common bariatric procedure: the roux-en-y bypass.
#EMconf: Scalpel vs Antibiotics for Appendicitis
Is it reasonable to treat acute appendicitis with IV antibiotics as opposed to surgical resection? Read ahead for an overview:
"HUGS" as a Novel Treatment for Gastroparesis
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.
#EMconf: Antibiotics Necessary for Uncomplicated Diverticulitis?
Patients suffering from uncomplicated diverticulitis are generally prescribed oral antibiotics but does it improve outcomes? This week for his critically appraised topic, Dr. Reid Phillips investigated whether antibiotics improve recovery time or complication rate in uncomplicated diverticulitis.
Back to Basics: Acetaminophen Overdose & Management
Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Paracetamol, APAP) is a commonly used analgesic and antipyretic agent found in many over the counter and prescription medications. It is one of the most common toxic exposures responsible for an estimated 450 deaths annually in the United States, and it is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States.