Global Health: Reemerging Infectious Diseases

Global Health: Reemerging Infectious Diseases

Global is local. It is important as health care providers that we think about infectious diseases in terms of a global context. Reemerging infectious diseases represent a constant moving target for physicians and scientists. Understanding some of the factors behind disease reemergence as well as examples of current reemerging infectious diseases helps to illustrate how local changes can have a global effect. 

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Grand Rounds Summary 9.13.17

Grand Rounds Summary 9.13.17

'Twas a fantastic grand rounds.  Drs. Banning and Golden started it off taking us through the most recent evidence for management of sub-massive and massive PE, as well as presenting their algorithm to be published on Emergency KT.  This was followed by a global health lecture given by Dr. Lagasse, which covered a range of re-emerging infectious diseases.  Next, Dr. Bryant took us through multiple pediatric cases, and discussed her approach in determining whether to discharge, transfer, or treat pediatric patients with common / representative complaints.  Dr. Adeoye then took us through the history and development of our current approach to the management of acute ischemic stroke.  Dr. LaFollette then took us through an evidence based approach to removing things from where they shouldn't be in his edition of mastering minor care, discussing approaches to removing retained objects from ears and skin.  We then finished the conference with two interesting cases:  One presented by Dr. Sabedra that was followed by a discussion on the diagnosis and management of massive hemoptysis, and the other presented by Dr. Dang illustrating the differences and similarities hyperthermic toxidromes including NMS and serotonin syndrome as well as their management.  

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Grand Rounds Recap 9/14

Grand Rounds Recap 9/14

This week we had a special visit from Dr. Darren Braude from the University of New Mexico Department of Emergency Medicine to speak on special topics in airway management. He introduced us to the idea of Rapid Sequence Airway (RSA) and other novel thoughts on extraglottic devices.  We then had a chance to dive in to our regularly scheduled program with topics ranging from tuberculosis to ED operations to complex febrile seizure.  Enjoy!

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Ebola

Ebola

Ebola.  Synonymous with Terror, Class A Bioterrorism Agent Extraordinaire.  The Republic of Guinea and surrounding countries are in the midst of the deadliest, most widespread outbreak ever.  Death totals are rising every day, and each new death is a new record that with any luck will never be eclipsed.  

To quote the man that discovered and named Ebola after a river in the Congolese jungle,

β€œSoap, gloves, isolating patients, not reusing needles and quarantining the contacts of the ill - in theory it should be very easy to contain Ebola”

        - Peter Piot

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