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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Annals of B-Pod: Spring Issue Release!

Annals of B-Pod: Spring Issue Release!

The topics covered in this Spring’s installment of Annals of B Pod highlight the variety of medical knowledge and procedural skills used daily in the Emergency Department. In B Pod, there may be a patient with an intentional ingestion brought in by EMS next door to a patient with a cough who is discovered to have pneumonia, while on the other side of the pod there is a patient complaining of eye pain. All of these patients represent common chief complaints with broad differentials that interns learn how to work up, manage, and treat. Spring also marks a transitional time, when interns start stepping up to into the junior resident role. With this transition, interns broaden their procedural skill set by learning how to place central lines, perform intubations, and insert chest tubes. As the year progresses, interns see more pathology, learn about new disease processes, and acquire procedural skills.

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Annals of B Pod: December Issue!

Annals of B Pod: December Issue!

In this Winter 2016 edition of Annals of B Pod, we focus on cardiovascular emergencies and their management in the Emergency Department and beyond. In our new Air Care column, we write about the prehospital management of patients with profound cardiogenic shock requiring intra-aortic balloon pumps. In our recurring pharmacology column, we discuss the ED management of hypertensive emergency. Back in B Pod, Dr. Scanlon writes about a rare complication of renal failure in a patient with a large uremic pericardial effusion, and in our new procedure piece, we walk through the technical steps required to perform an emergent pericardiocentesis. On the back page, our EKG corner goes over the modified Sgarbossa criteria. This issue of Annals of B Pod gets back to the heart of it all, highlighting what makes residency so rewarding: interesting pathology, challenging procedures and clinical excellence.

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Annals of B-Pod: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

Annals of B-Pod: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

The third Annals of B Pod December Issue highlights a new section - highlighting cases on the front lines in the helicopter. The intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), first developed in the 1960s, is one of the most widely-used cardiac assist devices. Placed in critically-ill patients with cardiogenic shock, it increases coronary blood flow and decreases afterload. Patients with IABPs are frequently transferred to tertiary referral hospitals via helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) transport. As such, prehospital and ED providers must become comfortable with the management of these patients and be aware of complications from these devices, we will take a look at two Air Care cases with IABPs.

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