Grand Rounds Recap 8.29.18

Grand Rounds Recap 8.29.18

This weeks grand rounds started off with a Morbidity and Mortality presentation by Dr. Baez including topics such as STEMI in LVH, pharmocologic cardioversion, and septic arthritis of the finger. This was followed by Dr. Freiermuth who gave us some pearls on the approach and management of sickle cell patients in the ED. Dr. Shaw then discussed some disturbing new health policy issues. Dr. Essell, a Heme/Onc attending at Jewish Hospital then walked us though GvHD, Acute Leukemia emergencies, and a fascinating new treatment option for blood cancers CAR-T. The day continued with a review of burn management by Dr. Spigner. Dr. Walsh then finished the day with an overview of carboxyhemoglobinemia and methemoglobinemia.

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Grand Rounds Recap 8.22.18

Grand Rounds Recap 8.22.18

The week started off with our AirCare team discussing indications for procedures performed pre-hospital. The AirCare team continued by taking us through several cases in our quarterly AirCare M&M. We then got some oral boards practice with Drs. McDonough and LaFollette. The day finished with a simulation led by Dr. Hill covering patients who wish to leave AMA as well as the terrifying lengthening QTc.

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Annals of B-Pod Summer 2018 Issue!

Annals of B-Pod Summer 2018 Issue!

Hot off the presses, be the first to take a gander at the Annals of B-Pod summer 2018 issue! From neurosyphilis to pneumomediastinum to life-threatening baclofen withdrawal, you'll find that it's not just the summer heat making you sweat as we recount tales of these "great imitators" - clinical conditions that may present perniciously or deceive providers with their nebulous constellation of symptoms. Read about all of these and more on the latest issue of Annals of B-Pod!

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Grand Rounds Recap 8.15.18

Grand Rounds Recap 8.15.18

The week started off with a discussion on research and ways to get involved during residency. We then got a primer on early pregnancy ultrasound and ectopic pregnancy from Dr. Stolz. Our yearly directives series covered personal finance/loans as well as the job search and contract negotiation. Dr. Stettler then gave us some pearls on how to manage the agitated patient. This was followed by Dr. Plash who discussed the removal of GI foreign bodies. We then ended with a visiting lecturer, Michigan Program Director Dr. Laura Hopson, who covered bedside teaching tips and tricks.

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Annals of B-Pod: Baclofen Pump Failure

Annals of B-Pod: Baclofen Pump Failure

Muscle relaxants see a wide variety of uses in the emergency department. From the treatment of sprains and strains to the management of spasticity in patients with upper motor neuron disease, agents like baclofen, cyclobenzaprine, and methocarbamol are well-established elements of an emergency physician’s armamentarium. With prolonged utilization, however, patients may develop dependence on these agents. Furthermore, this dependence may progress to potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms should the muscle relaxants be abruptly discontinued. In this article, Dr. Gottula walks us through the presentation and management of a patient suffering from a severe baclofen withdrawal following the failure of her intrathecal pump, including a discussion of the underlying pathophysiology and diagnostic considerations in the emergency department.

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Annals of B-Pod: Neurosyphilis

Annals of B-Pod: Neurosyphilis

One of the fundamental axioms of medicine, passed down from generation of physicians to generation of physicians, “it could be syphilis” Perhaps no spirochete has garnered such infamy nor acrimony as Treponema pallidum. In this impeccably researched piece, Dr. Hall delves into a presentation of neurosyphilis, a devastating manifestation of the infection stemming from transmission of the bacterium into the central nervous system. Dr. Hall details the presenting symptoms, diagnostic approach, and emergent management of syphilis before delving into the various other forms this “great imitator” might take.

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Grand Rounds Recap 8.8.18

Grand Rounds Recap 8.8.18

This week started with a discussion on how we can improve our documentation to maximize our level V billing. This was followed by a summary of practice changing literature over the last year, a discussion on how we deal with failure in the clinical setting, and a guide to the approach of the agitated pediatric patient. Finally, we broke into small groups to learn about ENT emergencies.

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Annals of B-Pod: Spontaneous Pneumomediastinum

Annals of B-Pod: Spontaneous Pneumomediastinum

Air. It’s generally considered a pretty good idea. A fundamental aspect of aerobic metabolism and an essential need for most organisms on earth, it’s safe to say that life without air for a human isn’t much of a life at all. But what happens when air starts making mischief? What happens when air shirks the restrictive confines of the alveoli and elects instead to explore the muscle and subcutaneous tissue, seeks to admire the heart and great vessels, opts to race unencumbered along fascial planes and aponeuroses - what do you have then?

Well, a pneumomediastinum for one. In his article, Dr. Skrobut does a breathtaking job of detailing the presentation of a young patient with spontaneous pneumomediastinum, delving into the diagnostic modalities of choice, its emergent management, and the longterm prognosis. His article also seeks to clear the air about more controversial topics, including the role of empiric antibiotics and the need for surgical intervention.

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Grand Rounds Recap 8.1.18

Grand Rounds Recap 8.1.18

Chock full of didactic pearls, this week EM/Sports Medicine physician Dr. Betz started us off with a number of can’t-miss orthopedic injuries. Drs. Baez and Owens led us through case follow ups of air embolism and a sick neonate in shock. To finish up, Wilderness Medicine’s own Drs Mel Otten and Conal Roche taught us about marine and snake envenomations and dive injuries.

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Grand Rounds Recap 7.25.18

Grand Rounds Recap 7.25.18

This week started with our monthly Morbidity and Mortality conference where we discussed posterior MIs, tough dissections and more tough cases. We then heard a debate on the use of D-Dimer in the diagnosis of aortic dissection. Finally, we were led through a simulation of a sick GI bleed requiring Minnesota tube placement, and we discussed optimal management of these challenging patients.

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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. Jarrell continues this year's case series with a case of a child who presents with a complication of a formerly common rash!

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The Shocked Intubation: Definitive Airway Sans Hypotension

The Shocked Intubation: Definitive Airway Sans Hypotension

Not many aspects of Emergency Medicine define our specialty better than resuscitation, and few concepts exemplify resuscitation better than shock and intubation.  Yet few words together strike greater fear in the minds of savvy resuscitationists.  Not because we cannot deftly manage shock, or because we are anything but hardy intubators, but because the swiftest way to transform a living patient into a dying patient or a dying patient into a dead patient is to brazenly intubate someone who is in shock.  What are the root causes of endotracheal intubation's (ETI) hemodynamic effects and, most importantly, how do we circumnavigate them?  Read on to learn how to safely intubate the patient in shock…

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