Snake Bites and The Missed MI
We send a lot of patients to the ICU, but what are the intensivists not telling us? Peter W gives the inside scoop. Ever delivered a baby in the ED? How about a breach? Chris Doty walks through managing perinatal disasters. Part one of a med mal case with recorded deposition testimony. Do you focus on wellness in your practice. Dike Drummond says you should. It’s OK to use peripheral vasopressors, as long as you're vigilant. Breast abscess doesn’t always need an I and D, so says Sacchetti. Ovarian torsion is often more myth than fact, Matt Delaney gives some clarity. And what’s the deal with seat belt signs? Kenji lifts the mist of confusion. All that and much more in the May 2016 EM:RAP.
C3 - Minor/Stable GI Bleeding
In last month’s episode, we dealt with patients who were obviously bleeding to death. Most patients with GI bleeding present with far less drama. The stakes here are high because the mortality of patients with GI bleeding are substantial.
Abscess + Antibiotics = Better Outcome?
Current thinking is that incision and drainage of a simple cutaneous abscess is enough. Meaning no antibiotics needed. But can we do better?
Amiodarone, Lidocaine or Placebo for Cardiac Arrest?
Mel and Rob discuss a brand new randomized trial of active drugs vs. nothing for cardiac arrest that found that they still don’t work, but the door is not totally closed!
C3 - Massive GI Bleed
The unstable patient with massive gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is one of the most dramatic things we will encounter in the ED.
Stabbed With A Needlestick
Strap in for some splendidness, as trauma team leader Chris Hicks deconstructs the initial steps in managing a patient with penetrating chest trauma. Do you ever feel frustrated when managing patients with body fluid exposure? Greg Moran gives a primer on management and who you should consider for post exposure prophylaxis. Last month it was outpatient burns, now it’s time for the major players- third degree, Parkland formula, who needs intubation… Scotty Weingart opens the critical care mailbag on hypotensive SVT patients. Physostigmine, transvenous pacers, extraglottic airways, and Howie Mell’s top radio hits, all in this month’s EM:RAP!
New Venous Thromboembolism Guidelines
Hot off the press Antithrombotic Therapy for VTE Disease: CHEST Guideline published in February 2016 addresses the clinical quagmire debated in this month’s show: Should we anticoagulate patients with subsegmental pulmonary embolism?
Spring Forward Into PE
Spring is here and what a perfect time to talk PE. It’s a two for one special with a subsegmental PE battle for the ages between Tom Deloughery and Jeff Kline. Jeff returns later in the show for some PE in pregnancy mythbusting. Jess Mason and burn surgeon Chuck Yowler give us the skinny on second degree burns. Remember Icatibant, the miracle drug for ACE-I angioedema? There is some new data on it that may shock you. It seems like we talk low risk chest pain every month, but what does it really mean? Mike “Bouncebacks” Weinstock clears the air. That and so much more in this month's action packed medical exultation extravaganza.
C3 - Altered Mental Status - Part 2
Stuart and Mizuho continue their discussion about AMS, and discuss less common but interesting causes of AMS, including clinical findings, workup and management of these various diagnoses.
EM:RAP Special Report: Concussion
On this episode we discuss concussions, the sequelae that happen as a result of concussions, and the long term effects of repeated head trauma. We seek answers from “Captain Cortex”, Prof. Stuart Swadron. Medical team physician for the Cleveland Indians, Dr Tom Waters, explains the process of assessing when an injured player in the NFL can go back in the game. Dave’s personal trainer, Steven Yates, talks about his experience with concussions, as a former college football player, and Jess speaks to a young patient and his mother, who recently came into the ER after a head injury, about their story.
C3 - Altered Mental Status - Part 1
The differential diagnosis for altered mental status is extremely broad. Stuart Swadron MD and Mizuho Spangler DO discuss the most common causes of AMS and review a practical approach to initially assessing a patient with undifferentiated AMS.
A Fib Gets The Royal Treatment
It’s deep winter in the northern hemisphere which can only mean one thing… Cam Berg is back with a new treatment pathway. This time, it’s all about atrial fibrillation. Out of hospital cardiac arrest, using two defibrillators? It’s a real thing. Bryan Hayes puts NSAIDS, tramadol, and antidepressants under his jaundiced eye and the results may surprise you. We’ve got a trauma double feature - a new decision instrument for chest CT and thinking about retirement for the C-Collar. Reuben Strayer is back with a plea for more bougies, and more cowbell!
Just How Good is CT in Diagnosing Subarachnoid Hemorrhage?
Hot off the press, Sensitivity of Early Brain Computed Tomography to Exclude Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Ilene Claudius and Mizuho Spangler gives and short overview of the Zika virus
Vascular Injury in Extremity Trauma
A trauma patient rolls in the door following a gunshot wound to the leg. Do they need to go straight to the OR? Can they wait for a CT angiography? Are they just fine and not in need of any surgical management? Jess Mason reviews the hard and soft signs of extremity vascular injury.
Cracking The Chest
Happy New Year and welcome to the thoracotomy extravaganza! Kenji Inaba breaks down not only the indicators for, but a how to guide on, emergency department thoracotomy. When is a UTI not a UTI? When there are no symptoms (at least in adults). Amiodarone is becoming as ubiquitous as Mel saying “buttocks”, but patients on this drug are at risk for some serious complications. Should all agitated mental health patients get immediate high dose sedation? Dan Mccollum says we can be more thoughtful to each patient’s needs. And we can’t forget about THAM, you know, THAM, tris-hydroxymethyl aminomethane, yeah that stuff. The ‘better bicarb’. Don’t worry, we’d never heard of it either. January EMRAP, here we go!...
C3 - Headache
A unique approach to the patient with headache with an emphasis on “Red Flag” symptoms and signs