Grand Rounds Recap 4.10.19

Grand Rounds Recap 4.10.19

Have fun reading this week’s Grand Rounds Recap! Dr. McDonough provided an insightful talk on Physician Depression and Wellness to start our morning. Following this, we had an excellent session on TEG’s multitude of uses in the ED. We had a variety of ophthalmology pearls shared by Drs. Owens, Scanlon, Ventura, and Harty. Then, Dr. Krack, one of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric EM fellows shared helpful hints in taking care of pediatric patients with Congenital Heart Disease. Next, Dr. Pulvino shared her clinical diagnostics lecture on Platelet Disorders. Dr. McKee finished our day with an exciting talk on medical ethics and how they apply to the Emergency Department. Enjoy!

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Ground Rounds Summary 8/19/15

Ground Rounds Summary 8/19/15

Simulation - Clonidine Overdose

  • 30 yo FM presents after having taking a handful of pills with the following VS: HR 45, BP 83/60, RR 8, 100% RA, T 98.  FS101. It gets better—there's a baby behind that baby bump.  
    • Ddx for AMS, hypotension and bradycardia? Tox, hemoperitoneum, spinal shock, myxedema coma, and a quite atypical sepsis. 
    • By EMS report this lady reportedly took a handful of unknown pills in an effort to harm herself. Remember to consider clonidine overdose in addition to beta blockers and calcium channel blockers. This lady found herself a bottle of clonidine and a near successful suicide attempt.
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Thromboelastography aka The TEG

Thromboelastography aka The TEG

What is TEG?

Thromboelastography (TEG) measures the dynamics of clot development, stabilization/strength, and dissolution. Assuming the body’s ability to achieve hemostasis is a function of these clot properties, TEG provides specific, real-time indicators of a patient’s in vitro hemostatic state. This is in contrast to routine screening coagulation tests such as aPTT and PT/INR which are run with blood plasma alone and therefore do not take into account the cellular components of clotting.

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