It was an exciting week of Grand Rounds! We had the honor of hearing from legendary UCEM graduate Dr. Susan Stern who was the Dr. Gibler Visiting Professor. She discussed hemorrhage in trauma and the changing landscape of leadership in medicine. This was followed by operations updates with Dr. Palmer, and Dr. Laurence discussed AIDS-defining illnesses in her clinical knowledge lecture. The day concluded with a review of some Air Care cases. Check it out!Read More
Welcome to another Grand Rounds Recap. This week Dr. Sayal, a visiting lecturer from North York General Hospital in Toronto, Canada, started us off with some pearls and pitfalls for the patient presenting with musculoskeletal complaints. Next up was Dr. Thompson who provided us some tips on how to prevent the most common patient and consultant complaints in the emergency department. Dr. Habib then led us through an interesting case involving an internal degloving injury. We then ended the day with small groups and a simulation led by Drs. Baez, Shaw, and Summers involving emergency obstetrical presentations. Be sure to check out the video of Dr. Isaac Shaw’s peri-mortem c-section simulation. See you next week.Read More
Q: For a patient in hemorrhagic shock from acute blood loss, what is the best resuscitative fluid?
A: If they've lost blood, give them blood.
It's never quite that simple though right? For a generation now, we have practiced primarily by transfusing patient's with acute blood loss varying ratios of blood product components. Thanks to the PROPPR trial, we most recently arrived on a generally accepted ratio of 1:1:1 for Plasma, Platelets, and Red Blood Cells for severely injured bleeding trauma patients. Recent military literature however, suggests that there may be another strategy (which is in and of itself a bit of a throwback) that could offer additional benefits over a component transfusion strategy. If were are trying to recreate a whole blood with a 1:1:1 plasma:platetel:PRBC ratio, why not just give whole blood?Read More
This week in UCEM Grand Rounds: the harrowing story of the desaturating trauma patient with a metal pole impaled through his mouth and neck. Also: making the diagnosis of HIV in the ED. Managing hemorrhagic shock on Air Care. How much did that ED visit or hospitalization cost your patient? Managing tachy-arrhythmias in the setting of cardiac arrest with a pacemaker.Read More
This week included our first every chalk-talk about antibiotics focusing on beta-lactams. We had our quarterly AirCare grand rounds where we learned about some special tools we carry on the aircraft including point of care lab testing and specialized suction devices. We also did a high fidelity hemorrhagic shock simulation. In two case follow-ups we learned about some special considerations in ACS and for pregnant patients in trauma. Read on!Read More