Grands Rounds Summary 01.25.2017

Grands Rounds Summary 01.25.2017

Dr. Betham started off Grand Rounds with this month's Morbidity and Mortality Conference, where we learned about Gout, ITP, Stroke, and Hyperkalemia in ESRD patients. Dr. Teuber walked us through the varying recommendations regarding ED Thoracotomy and Dr. Banning taught us how to handle neonatal urgencies. Leadership Curriculum wrapped up this week's conference with a session on how to pitch an idea. 

Read More

Grey Matters - Recap of Flights Case 3

Grey Matters - Recap of Flights Case 3

Welcome to the Recap of the 3rd case in our Air Care and Mobile Care Flight Orientation Curriculum!

Approximately 1 month ago we presented and talked through a particularly challenging patient flight scenario.  As a refresher, if you don’t recall, check out the post here.  Following the posting of the case, I sat down with ACMC Medical Director Dr. Bill Hinckley and Resident Assistant Medical Director for Air Care, Dr. Andrew Latimer, and recorded a podcast with their reaction to the case and to some of the curveball scenarios posed in the question and discussion section.

Read More

Grand Rounds Recap 5/18

Grand Rounds Recap 5/18

In this week's grand rounds we covered the complications of sedation in alcohol withdrawl, the nuances of decreased door-to-needle time in acute ischemic stroke, bicarbinate use in metabolic acidosis and a case follow-up or respiratory depression in new onset myesthenia gravis

Read More

Pre-Hospital Stroke Care

Pre-Hospital Stroke Care

Pre-hospital stroke care begins with a quick, simple assessment tool used to help identify patients that are suffering a stroke.  In Southwest Ohio, this tool is the Cincinnati Pre-hospital Stroke Scale (CPSS).  There are three simple components of the CPSS – facial droop, arm drift, and slurred speech.  When assessing for facial droop, it is best to ask patients to bear their teeth.  Arm drift is assessed by asking the patient to hold both arms outstretched in front of them with their palms facing up.  If one arm drifts down or one hand rotates to a palm-down position, this aspect of the scale is positive.  Lastly, ask the patient to repeat a sentence to assess for slurred speech or any other type of speech abnormality.

Read More

Grey Matters - Flights Case 3

Grey Matters - Flights Case 3

It is late on a blustery grey and rainy day in November and you are the dedicated flight doc on Air Care One (the “UH”) nearing the end of your shift. Your pilot has had to turn down two flights already due to high winds and reduced visibility as bands of storms moved through the area. Against your better judgment, you are standing in the sushi line in the hospital cafeteria to grab dinner when you hear “Air Care One Pilot, weather check for a patient coming back to the U” squawk out over your portable radio. Your excitement rises as “we can do that” echoes over the radio and you hear the tones drop for your flight. You grab the blood cooler and meet your crew for takeoff on the roof...

Read More

Annals of B-Pod: Acute Vision Loss

Annals of B-Pod: Acute Vision Loss

Thinking about the other left lower quadrant

 

The patient is a 74 year-old African-American female with a history of hypertension, coronary artery disease status post drug-eluting stent ×1, former cigarette smoker, and iron deficiency anemia presenting with left-sided vision loss. Patient states that approximately two days ago  she woke up with painless peripheral vision loss of her left eye only. She describes it as darkness in the lateral portion of her left eye. She  reports that her vision returned to baseline throughout that day; only to return when she awoke the next morning. Since that time she endorses persistent vision loss in the left periphery. She denies blurry vision, eye pain, headaches, recent trauma, flashes, and floaters. Furthermore, she also denies dizziness, numbness weakness, dysarthria, dysphagia, fever, chills nausea, vomiting, chest pain, shortness of breath, and palpitations. She reports adherence to her antihypertensive and anti-platelet medications...

Read More

Neurologic Emergencies in the Air

Neurologic Emergencies in the Air

Several months ago, I sat down and talked about the management of neurologic emergencies in the prehospital environment with Dr. Erin McDonough, an Emergency Physician and Neurointensivist who attends both in the ED and the Neurosciences ICU, and is a member of the Cincinnati Stroke Team.  In the brief podcast found below and on iTunes, we covered a wide range of topics including blood pressure management in spontaneous ICH, aneurysmal SAH, and ischemic stroke and some of the more rare complications associated with tPA administration.

Read More