Grand Rounds Recap 3.21.18

Grand Rounds Recap 3.21.18

This week's Grand Rounds opened with year directives focused on residents as teachers for the junior residents and life as a junior faculty for the senior residents. Next Dr. Fermann discussed implementation of our PE response team (PERT). Dr. Li led a great group discussion on EKG toxicology, Dr. Golden then unsuccessfully tried to stump Dr. Hill with his CPC on phenytoin toxicity, and finally Dr. Gorder gave a fantastic discussion on NSTEMIs.

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EKG Toxicology

EKG Toxicology

Emergency medicine physicians frequently assess and treat patients who have accidental or intentional poisonings. United States poison centers receive over two million case referrals per year. And, about 20% of these poisonings present to an Emergency Department for evaluation. Evaluation of these patients always includes a history and physical, but further testing can provide valuable information. Blood work is often be needed, but an EKG is a faster, cheaper tool that can provide key pieces of information prompting early interventions. 

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Heart Blocks: A Primer

Heart Blocks: A Primer

We order and interpret numerous EKG’s during our shifts in the emergency department. EKG interpretation is one of the skills we need to be competent in and comfortable with as an emergency medicine physician. STEMI’s, ischemic changes and arrhythmias are some of the most important findings we focus on, and although straightforward, heart blocks can be easily overlooked. The goal of this post is to go over some of the most common and clinically relevant conduction blocks, how to manage them and what their disposition are.

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Grand Rounds Recap 7.5.17

Grand Rounds Recap 7.5.17

In our first Grand Rounds of the academic year, we started with Dr. Pancioli teaching us about the history of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Palmer discussed team work and the case for building social capital and Dr. LaFollette worked through the disposition of patients with chest pain. Our clinical pharmacist Chris Droege, PharmD discussed the evolving landscape of agents we have to reverse oral anticoagulants.

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Small Kids and Squiggle Lines - An Introduction to Pediatric EKG Interpretation

Small Kids and Squiggle Lines - An Introduction to Pediatric EKG Interpretation

It’s a typical shift in your community shop when you see a patient on the board that makes you nervous. 2 year old male with syncope. It’s been awhile since you have treated someone born in the 21st century and you know this child’s workup will likely involve an EKG. The closest pediatric hospital is 2 hours away.  How comfortable do you feel interpreting the squiggle lines generated by this little heart?

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