Annals of B-Pod - The Spring Issue is Sprung!

Annals of B-Pod - The Spring Issue is Sprung!

And lo, as the gellid depths of winter give way to the fairer climes of spring, another issue of the Annals must too follow. The spring issue focuses primarily on perplexing neurological maladies that plague our patients, including a case series on meningitis as well as Dr. Makinen's phenomenal write-up of a fascinating presentation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Also be on the look-out for an excellent review of anticoagulant reversal agents and my own piece on a caustic laundry pod ingestion. So take a moment to stop and smell the roses as we welcome another edition of #AoBP!

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Annals of B-Pod: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Annals of B-Pod: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

What's in a name? That which we call Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease by any other name would be as devastating. And how, do neurologists ever love their names! CJD - also known as "spongiform encephalopathy" and the comically grim "mad cow disease" - is an uncommon but uniformly fatal form of rapidly progressive dementia. In this case, Dr. Makinen takes us through the presenting features, definite diagnosis, and emergent management of the prion-mediated encephalopathy we call CJD. An entity which would, were it not CJD call'd, retain its dear morbidity.

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Annals of B-Pod: Caustic Ingestions

Annals of B-Pod: Caustic Ingestions

If nothing else, the "Tide Pod challenge" has demonstrated that these versatile detergents truly excel in their intended purpose, cleaning not only dirt and sweat from your clothes but also purging the naive, vain preadolescent innocence from society. Join me - Dr. Scanlon - as I detail a fascinating case of a caustic ingestion, exploring the natural history, emergent management, and ultimate sequelae of this potentially devastating exposure.

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Annals of B-Pod - Winter Issue Release!

Annals of B-Pod - Winter Issue Release!

In the chilling Winter edition of Annals of B-Pod, we're getting visceral. Delve into the nuances of hematologic emergencies  with Dr. Shaw's phenomenal discussion of disseminated intravascular coagulopathy or Dr. Baez's fascinating case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Keep your hand on the pulse as Dr. Klaszky discusses ulnar artery pseudoaneurysm. Keep an eye out for these excellent articles and more as we delve into the gritty inner-workings of the human machine in the latest edition of #AoBP!

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Annals of B-Pod: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulapathy

DIC is a much dreaded dysregulation of the body's natural coagulation infrastructure associated with very high morbidity and mortality. DIC is a diagnosis that emergency providers cannot miss, and in his case Dr. Shaw walks us through the timely identification and treatment of DIC in the emergency department while simultaneously shedding light on much of the controversy that surrounds DIC. Do blood products help correct the coagulopathy?  Find out inside!

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Annals of B-Pod: Ulnar Artery Pseudoaneurysm

Annals of B-Pod:  Ulnar Artery Pseudoaneurysm

Pseudoaneurysms are a potentially deadly complication of any traumatic injury to or manipulation of a patient's vascular structures, and are highly morbid when not identified and treated appropriately by medical personnel. In this fascinating case, Dr. Klaszky walks us through the presentation, diagnosis, and management of a traumatic pseudoaneurysm.

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Annals of B-Pod: Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Annals of B-Pod: Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

TTP, ITP, HUS, DIC - the category of hematologic emergencies is rife both with three-letter acronyms and potentially devastating complications for those patients afflicted with them. Told from the perspective of an internist, this article by medicine chief resident Dr. Baez details a case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) through the entirety of the patient's care, beginning with its presentation in the ED and ending with patient's ultimate recovery. In this article, Dr. Baez also details the newly minted, clinically-validated PLASMIC score, a scoring system that can be used in the ED to facilitate diagnosis of TTP. Check it out!

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Annals of B Pod - Fall 2017 Issue Release!

Annals of B Pod - Fall 2017 Issue Release!

In the Fall 2017 edition of Annals of B Pod, our focus is on ocular emergencies. Dr. Murphy-Crews starts off with a case of acute angle closure glaucoma. This is followed by a detailed discussion of infectious keratitis and a procedure piece focusing on ocular ultrasound. Dr. Jarrell details a case of a traumatic
lens dislocation
. In addition to these ophthalmologic-focused articles, Dr. Habib expertly discusses placenta previa and important management techniques of patients with abnormal placentation. The recurring pharmacology article details medication safety in pregnancy. Finally, Dr. Scanlon's EKG Focus discusses the evaluation and management of wide complex tachycardias.

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Angle Closure Glaucoma

Angle Closure Glaucoma

For many emergency physicians, ophthalmologic complaints are seemingly shrouded in mystery and pose a distinct diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. What the heck is gonioscopy? Which eye does OU refer to again? Does latanoprost really change the color of your iris? In this case, we join Dr. Murphy-Crews as he parses the enigma of acute closure glaucoma, its pathophysiology, and the appropriate management in the emergency department.

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Placenta Previa

Placenta Previa

Delivering neonates in the emergency department can be a stressful process, in part due to the potential for serious maternal or infant morbidity. In this article, Dr. Habib will discuss a case of placenta previa and walk us through how to recognize placental pathology, its pathophysiology, and appropriate emergent management.

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Annals of B-Pod: Summer Issue Is Here!

Annals of B-Pod: Summer Issue Is Here!

From minor care to major injuries, this Summer 2017 edition of Annals of B Pod goes beyond B Pod. Dr. Murphy starts off with a discussion of the learning points from his prehospital cricothyrotomy in this month's Air Care column. From B pod, Dr. Harty discusses the management of abdominal compartment syndrome. Dr. Golden tells of a case of acute HIV presenting as thrombocytopenia. Dr. Baez's procedure piece describes how to measure bladder pressure for patients at risk of elevated intra-abdominal pressures. From I pod, Dr. Banning describes the diagnosis and treatment of Lisfranc injuries. In the monthly pharmacy article, we discuss reversal of neuromuscular blockade with sugammadex. Finally, Dr. Scanlon describes de Winter's morphology in the EKG corner. 

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Annals of B-Pod: To Cric or Not to Cric?

Annals of B-Pod: To Cric or Not to Cric?

In this AirCare case, Dr. Murphy eloquently details his experience in managing something every emergency physician fears - the need for a crash airway in a patient with severe airway injuries. Dr. Murphy discusses both the technical evaluation of a patient for a potential cricothyrotomy as well as his personal thoughts and reflections following the procedure.

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Annals of B-Pod: Abdominal Compartment Syndrome

Annals of B-Pod: Abdominal Compartment Syndrome

While compartment syndrome of the extremities is a much feared complication - what happens when you get compartment syndrome of the abdomen? Does this mean you really shouldn't trust your gut? In this article, Dr. Harty discusses through the evaluation and management of abdominal compartment syndrome in this week's issue of Annals of B-Pod.

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