Telling Tall Tales: Dogma in Emergency Medicine

Telling Tall Tales: Dogma in Emergency Medicine

In our training and education as Emergency Medicine providers, we often come to accept certain practice patterns as fact. When these established “facts” come along with fantastical clinical claims (don’t give your corneal abrasion patients tetracaine, it’ll melt their corneas; don’t use lido with epi for digital blocks, their finger will fall off; don’t use beta-blockers in patients on cocaine, their BP will skyrocket due to unopposed alpha-effects), we should probably look to question their supporting evidence.

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A Weakness in the HEART?

A Weakness in the HEART?

In this month’s Journal Club Recap we take a look at some recently published literature about common heart related complaints in the ED. First, we look at the now nearly ubiquitously used HEART pathway. In a US population, do the benefits of decreased health care utilization sustain themselves to a year out of an index visit? Then we turn our attention to atrial fibrillation with RVR. Does the utility infielder of ED medications, Magnesium, actually help with more rapid rate control? And, should the results of a consensus panel sway us to treat A fib with RVR as an outpatient?

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Dealing with the Wheezes

Dealing with the Wheezes

Asthma and COPD are 2 of the more common ailments responsible for patients presenting to an Emergency Department with complaints of shortness of breath.  Last week, we met as a residency and, led by Dr. Lauren Titone, Dr. Walker Plash, and Dr. Rob Thompson, discussed some newer literature for the treatment of these often intertwined conditions.  Take a listen to the podcast within to hear our thoughts and read the summary after the jump for the breakdown.

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A Crack in the Ice? An In-Depth Breakdown of the TTM Trial

A Crack in the Ice? An In-Depth Breakdown of the TTM Trial

   Like many other Emergency Medicine residencies, we took the time in our last Journal Club to break down the Targeted Temperature Management Article.  There is tons out there in the #FOAMed space about this trial.  And, one of our 4th year residents, Dr. Trent Wray, took some extra time to break down the article in gory detail and put it into the context of the previously published literature.

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