Air Care Orientation Case #4

Air Care Orientation Case #4

May brought the fourth case of our Air Care Flight Physician Orientation Case Series with the goal of preparing our first year residents for their roles as Flight Physicians. This is a monthly series that will continue through the R1’s Flight Physician Orientation Day in June. First year residents discuss the case and its associated questions on our internal asynchronous learning forum, Slack.  This month, a case of sepsis.  Should we just transfer the patient as quickly as possible, or are there other things we should do first?  Read on to find out!

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Grand Rounds Recap 6.20.18

Grand Rounds Recap 6.20.18

This academic year’s penultimate Grand Rounds started with Guest Faculty Lecturer Dr. Richard Levitan lecturing on airway tips, tricks, and trouble shooting. Drs. Harrison, Sabedra, and Summers then led small group sessions focused on unique applications of ultrasound. Dr. Hughes discussed TB management in the ED and Dr. Thompson closed out Grand Rounds with pearls on patient management.

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Grand Rounds Recap 6.13.18

Grand Rounds Recap 6.13.18

In this week’s Grand Rounds, Dr. Polsinelli started us off with the diagnosis and management of aortoenteric fistula. We then discussed burnout and failure in our wellness curriculum in a small group setting, and heard from our colleagues in pharmacy about high-dose insulin therapy for calcium channel and beta blocker overdose. Dr. Roche led us in our Mastering Minor Care curriculum with a discussion of all things arthrocentesis, and we closed with a great combined PEM/EM simulation session and oral boards practice.

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AirCare Series: Pre-Hospital Ultrasound

AirCare Series: Pre-Hospital Ultrasound

This month's AirCare Series post is the first podcast in the series!  In this podcast one of our current interns, Adam Gottula, interviews a graduate of our program, Andrew Latimer.  Dr. Latimer is currently a Senior EMS Fellow at the University of Washington.  In this interview, Dr. Latimer discusses how they use pre-hospital ultrasound at his flight program as well as his thoughts on the future applications of this technology. 

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Grand Rounds Recap 6.6.18

Grand Rounds Recap 6.6.18

This week we were led through the evaluation and management of the difficult pediatric airway with Dr. Carleton in our quarterly airway grand rounds, and discussed cranial nerve abnormalities with Dr. Neel in our recurring EM-neuro combined conference. Dr. Jarrell presented an interesting case of a child with a cough and weight loss, and Dr. Jensen walked us through the clinical utility of BNP. Finally, Dr. Miller presented an interesting case of a patient with multisystem organ failure and cecum perforation. 

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Grand Rounds Recap 5.30.18

Grand Rounds Recap 5.30.18

This week’s Grand Rounds started with Dr. Gorder’s expertly delivered Morbidity and Mortality lecture. Dr. Gottula then went over drugs of abuse, including the gabapentinoids. Dr. Shaw then talked about a case of sympathetic acute crashing pulmonary edema (SCAPE). Finally, Dr. Edmunds spoke about pediatric renal emergencies.

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Whole Blood - More than the Sum of Its Components?

Whole Blood - More than the Sum of Its Components?

Q: For a patient in hemorrhagic shock from acute blood loss, what is the best resuscitative fluid?  

A: If they've lost blood, give them blood.  

It's never quite that simple though right?  For a generation now, we have practiced primarily by transfusing patient's with acute blood loss varying ratios of blood product components.  Thanks to the PROPPR trial, we most recently arrived on a generally accepted ratio of 1:1:1 for Plasma, Platelets, and Red Blood Cells for severely injured bleeding trauma patients.  Recent military literature however, suggests that there may be another strategy (which is in and of itself a bit of a throwback) that could offer additional benefits over a component transfusion strategy.  If were are trying to recreate a whole blood with a 1:1:1 plasma:platetel:PRBC ratio, why not just give whole blood?

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Global Health: Case Series

Global Health: Case Series

The Global Health case series highlights interesting cases residents experienced while practicing abroad and takes a dive into how to identify the pathology that is crucial know to care for patients both abroad and returning. Dr. Owens takes us to Guatemala where she discusses an endemic rash that may start to become more common in the United States.

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Grand Rounds Recap 5.23.18

Grand Rounds Recap 5.23.18

This week’s Grand Rounds opened with Dr. Koehler leading small group discussions on the applications and limitations of VBGs. Dr. Bonomo expertly identified the correct test of choice and diagnosis in Dr. Spigner’s CPC. Dr. Soria then gave an interesting talk on the history behind naloxone as well as common uses. Finally, the Air Care team led a great hands-on procedure workshop!

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What's in a Blood Gas? VBG vs ABG

What's in a Blood Gas? VBG vs ABG

You’re deep into a busy shift. Pushing yourself to see more volume towards the end of the year, you find yourself actively managing 8 patients.  You have 2 patients with difficulty breathing you believe have COPD exacerbations and 1 patient with a history of T1DM who has a critical high finger stick blood sugar and ketones in their urine.  You send VBGs as part of the work up for all these patients finding hypercarbia for the patients who have COPD exacerbations and a significant metabolic acidosis in the patient with T1DM confirming your diagnosis of DKA. You are in the process of admitting these patients when you face questions from your colleagues in-house as to why you didn’t perform an ABG on these patients?

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Grand Rounds Recap 5.9.18

Grand Rounds Recap 5.9.18

This week Drs. Harty & Gauger walked us through the literature surrounding the care of the patient in cardiac arrest as part of their Quality Improvement & Knowledge Translation project. Dr. Kristiana Kaufmann, a visiting professor from Wayne State, provided us a look at Global Health opportunities. Our Quarterly Simulation session, lead by Dr. Bryant, was a case of a 15 year old with new onset SOB and polyarthralgias. Lastly Drs. Stettler & LaFollette provided us with mock oral boards cases.

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