In 2008 I joined the University of Maryland Emergency Medicine (@UMEmergencyMed) team after completing a one-year pharmacy practice residency and a two-year clinical toxicology fellowship. In my 6 years working in the ED, I’ve come across a few online FOAM resources (Free Open Access Meducation) that are essential to my practice. Inspired by ALiEM’s new How I Work Smarter series, I wanted to share these free tools in the hope that they may help you work smarter too, regardless of what your role is in the emergency management of patients.
- GlobalRPh: Includes opioid conversions, corticosteroid equivalents, and phenytoin dosing
- MDCalc: Medical Calculators, Equations, Algorithms, and Scores. Developed by Dr. Graham Walker (@grahamwalker).
- Intranasal Medication Delivery
- Oral Dosage Forms That Should Not Be Crushed [PDF from Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)]
- How To Use An EpiPen® (Epinephrine) Auto-Injector
- How To Use Epinephrine Injection, USP Auto-Injector (new generic version of EpiPen®)
- How To Self Inject Lovenox® [PDF]
Pharmacology and Medication Therapy
Guidelines, Clinical Policies, and Position Statements
- AACT Position Statements [from American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT)]
- ACEP Clinical Policies [from American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)]
- ACMT Position Statements [from American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)]
- IDSA Practice Guidelines [from Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)]
- Rabies Information For Doctors [from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)]
- STD Treatment Guidelines [from CDC]
Drug Shortages and Emergency Pharmacist Resources
- Drug Shortages [from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)]
- Emergency Pharmacist Research Center: Includes resources/toolkits/job description to justify and implement an EM Pharmacist position.
- Emergency Care Resource Center [from ASHP]
Of course this is not a complete list, but they are the sites I use most frequently. I hope you find utility in them in your day-to-day practice. Please share any non-blog FOAM resources that you use.