Grand Rounds Recap 7.10.19

Grand Rounds Recap 7.10.19

We had a great week in Grand Rounds. The first lecture included a debate about the use of rocuronium or succinylcholine in paralysis for intubation by Drs. Lang and Plash. Drs. Ryan and Moellman led a thrilling discussion through some of their most interesting and thought provoking cases of their careers. Pharmacists Nicole Harger and Paige Gaber then discussed updates in pharmacy, specifically the use of droperidol and anticoagulation reversal in the emergency department. We learned about cognitive biases and clinical decision making from Dr. Hill. The day wrapped up with Dr. Knight showcasing the NIH stroke scale with Dr. Foreman.

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Grand Rounds Recap 6.26.19

Grand Rounds Recap 6.26.19

This week was the last grand rounds of the academic year. We started off with the monthly Morbidity and Mortality conference led by Dr. Colmer. This was followed up by a CPC on Infectious Mononucleosis from Dr. Jensen and Dr. Stolz. Dr. Urbanowicz then discussed if there is a use of platelet function studies in the Emergency Department. The day ended with Dr. Murphy-Crews describing a fascinating case of severe hypothermia and outlining the interventions available to us in the ED for these patients. See you next week!

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The Return of Droperidol...

The Return of Droperidol...

Have you heard the news! Droperidol is back and available in the United States.  After a prolonged hiatus the medication has been picked up by a new manufacturer and may be finding its way to a hospital pharmacy near you.  Since it has been some time since the medication has been in common use, and since the memory of its effectiveness may be buoyed by a sense of nostalgia or otherwise viewed through rose colored glasses, now is as good a time as any to take a stroll through the literature and learn a bit more about the effectiveness and side effect profile of the medication.

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The Agitated Patient

The Agitated Patient

I don’t know if this has happened to you yet.  It happened to me on my first shift as an intern.  I hadn’t laid hand on a stethoscope in months.  I had just unloaded the cardboard boxes from my rental truck into my new place.  As I was settling in to my first few patient encounters one of our nurses approached me to say that a patient had been brought into our area that was extremely agitated.  I looked up to see a man being held down by multiple police officers, thrashing and swearing.  

“What can I give him?” She said.

“How about a hug?” I replied.

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