The Mighty Paper Clip

The Mighty Paper Clip

You’re working in the ED on a busy Halloween evening. So far you have seen patient’s in all manner of costumes.. 2 Donald Trumps, 1 Santa Claus, a father-daughter pairing of Beast and Belle. Your next patient is dressed as Kylo Ren. He is a 16 yo M who was out trick or treating with some friends when they started to play fight with their lightsabers.  He was attempting to block a strike when his friends lightsaber bounced off his and hit him in the right eye.  He immediately had severe pain in the eye and face and noticed some loss of vision.  He went home and showed his parents who brought him to see you in the ED.

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Grand Rounds Recap 10.24.18

Grand Rounds Recap 10.24.18

It was an exciting week of Grand Rounds where Dr. Colmer presented our monthly Morbidity and Mortality conference. We had a fantastic guest lecturer, Dr. Reuben Strayer (@emupdates), who discussed opioid abuse and airway management. Finally, our consultant of the month was Dr. Amy Makley who discussed blunt abdominal trauma. Take a look!

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Grand Rounds Recap 10.17.18

Grand Rounds Recap 10.17.18

This week we started off with Drs. Gleimer and Koehler running through the new ‘early, often and subQ’ QI/KT protocol for Sickle Cell Disease. Dr. LaFollette then discuss the oft-ignored complaint of hemorrhoids and peri-anal abscesses. We got snapshots from resident attendees of ACEP and Dr. Continenza discussed a case of postpartum hemorrhage resuscitation.

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Grand Rounds Summary 10.10.18

Grand Rounds Summary 10.10.18

From epi drips to peds fracture tips, it was an eventful Grand Rounds. We began with a debate on the utility and method of epinephrine during cardiac arrest. Dr. Murphy then discussed hemodialysis access complications followed by Dr. Palmer’s operations update. Dr. Shah led a discussion on the recognition and management of pediatric fractures. We concluded by covering a variety of other pediatric topics during the R3 small group session. Take a look!

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October US Case of the Month - Multi-organ US for Diagnosing PE

October US Case of the Month - Multi-organ US for Diagnosing PE

PE is often a considered and easily risk-stratified diagnosis, however what about when you take away your definitive test of the CTPA? Dr. Ham examines the 60/60 sign and other ultrasonographic tests you can use to determine the acuity of right ventricular strain which is addition to the clinical and hemodynamic evaluation can help you triage additional strategies to traditional anticoagulation.

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A Weakness in the HEART?

A Weakness in the HEART?

In this month’s Journal Club Recap we take a look at some recently published literature about common heart related complaints in the ED. First, we look at the now nearly ubiquitously used HEART pathway. In a US population, do the benefits of decreased health care utilization sustain themselves to a year out of an index visit? Then we turn our attention to atrial fibrillation with RVR. Does the utility infielder of ED medications, Magnesium, actually help with more rapid rate control? And, should the results of a consensus panel sway us to treat A fib with RVR as an outpatient?

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Minor Care Series: Fingertip Injuries

Minor Care Series: Fingertip Injuries

Not all fingertip injuries are created equal. From a box cutter slice to a crush injury, your time and investment into these patients’ injuries varies quite significantly and we need to be ready to be expert at all options. Dr. Li guides us in a quick run down of the injury and repair types of fingertip injuries in this month’s Mastering Minor Care.

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Grand Rounds Recap 9.26.18

Grand Rounds Recap 9.26.18

This weeks grand rounds started off with our Morbidity and Mortality conference led by Dr. Shaw who led us on an education expedition covering the use of REBOA, surgical vs. medical management in spontaneous miscarriage, ways we can improve our use of the electronic medical record, management of a persistent air leak in a patient with a chest tube, and the role of CT in CAP. Dr. Alwan then provided us an in-depth look at the often untold challenges of life as a refugee as well as the challenges we face in providing care for these patients. This was followed by Dr. Randolph who presented a case of an incredibly complicated patient with a pulmonary embolism to highlight the steps in management of a decompensating patient with a pulmonary embolism before you initiate thrombolysis. Next up was Dr. Gottula and Dr. Hinckley who went head to head with a challenging presentation of acute aortic dissection as part of our CPC lecture series. Dr. Leech then finished up the day with a case based discussion on the utility of the Kocher Criteria in the evaluation of child with an acutely painful hip.

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Air Care Series: Cardiogenic Shock

Air Care Series: Cardiogenic Shock

Cardiogenic shock presents many challenges in both the transport environment and hospital setting. We aim to review the current state of evidence pertaining to the medical management in the critical care transport environment.

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Grand Rounds Recap 9.19.18

Grand Rounds Recap 9.19.18

This weeks grand rounds started off with our combined Emergency Medicine and Neurology conference where Dr. Walsh provided us a summary of the current evidence surrounding ICH expansion and reversal of Warfarin and DOACs. This was followed by Dr. Summers who provided suggestions on how we can be more efficient providers in the ED. Dr. Irankunda then presented on the often missed diagnosis of abdominal compartment syndrome. Next up was Dr. Lang who summarized the current evidence for the various available modalities commonly used in treating back pain. Dr. Golden then finished the day with a couple of cases highlighting the challenges in managing the critically ill patient who presents with penetrating neck injuries.

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Grand Rounds Recap 9.12.18

Grand Rounds Recap 9.12.18

This week of grand rounds began with an evidence based algorithm for COPD management in the ED with Drs. Lane and Hall. Dr. Faryar then led us through a discussion on various common hand injuries. Dr. Fermann guided us through the management of a feared patient presentation: patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure. The day continued with Dr. Banning’s Taming the SRU lecture about a case she had of a seizing pregnant patient. Dr. Frederick then gave us an overview of toxic alcohols. The day ended with a pediatric trauma simulation and several pediatric oral boards cases.

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