Grand Rounds Recap 11.7.2018

Grand Rounds Recap 11.7.2018

Enjoy the review of this week’s Grand Rounds! We began the morning with Dr. Minges giving us his pro-tips on how to identify cardiac tamponade with ultrasound. Following this, we learned about high-yield management pearls about Carotid Blowout Syndrome and SCIWORA from Dr. Scanlon and Dr. Baez respectively. We concluded the day with AirCare Grand Rounds, where we learned how to deal with refractory hypoxia, postpartum hemorrhage, and utilize the V-scan for ultrasound.

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Rhogam Redux

Rhogam Redux

Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn (HDFN) is an alloimmune disease which develops in a fetus when a women’s immune system is sensitized, developing antibodies which cross the placenta and attack fetal RBCs. 

While there is a spectrum of the disease, in severe cases the fetus can ultimately develop hydrops fetalis which is often fatal.

As Emergency Physician’s we are classically taught that we can help to prevent HDFN by recognizing sensitizing events in Rh-negative women and subsequently providing RhoGAM. But which patients really need RhoGAM? The evidence seems to be lacking and recommendations are often inconsistent.

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