Welcome to the sixth ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Module! In an effort to reward our residents for the reading and learning they are already doing online we have created an Individual Interactive Instruction (III) opportunity utilizing FOAM resources for U.S. Emergency Medicine residents. For each module, the AIR board curates and scores a list of blogs and podcasts. A quiz is available to complete after each module to obtain residency conference credit. Once completed, your name and institution will be logged into our private database, which participating residency program directors can access to provide proof of completion.

AIR Stamp of Approval and Honorable Mentions

In an effort to truly emphasize the highest quality posts, we have two subsets of recommended resources. The AIR stamp of approval will only be given to posts scoring above a new, strict scoring cut-off of ≥30 points (out of 35 total), based on our scoring instrument. The other subset is for “Honorable Mention” posts. These posts have been flagged by and agreed upon by AIR Board members as worthwhile, accurate, unbiased, and appropriately referenced despite an average score <30. All posts will still be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit.

AIR Series: Toxicology

Below we have listed our selection of the 13 highest quality blog posts within the past 12 months (current as of December 2014) related to Toxicology, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. In this module we have 6 AIRs and 7 Honorable Mentions. We strive for comprehensiveness by selecting from a broad spectrum of blogs from the top 50 listing per the Social Media Index.

After reading, please take the quiz. Feel free to ask questions in the blog comment section below. The AIR Board faculty will answer them within 48 hours of posting. Be sure to include your email or contact information where requested in the Disqus blog comment area, so that you will be notified when we reply. We recommend programs give 4 hours (just over 20 minutes per article) of III for this module.

Take the quiz at ALiEMU
ALiEMU AIR Toxicology block quiz

Interested in taking the quiz for fun or asynchronous (Individualized Interactive Instruction) credit? Please go to the above link. You will need to create a one-time login account if you haven’t already.

Highlighted quality posts

Article Title Author Date Link Category
Management of Iron Toxicity Mary A. Wittler, MD August 6, 2014 ALiEM: Iron Toxicity Approved Instructional Resource
5 Tips in Managing Acute Salicylate Poisoning Kristin Fontes, MD| November 4, 2013 ALiEM: Salicylate Toxicity Approved Instructional Resource
Valproic Acid-Induced Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy Jill Logan, PharmD BCPS October 16, 2014 ALiEM: Valproic Acid Toxicity Approved Instructional Resource
Podcast 98 – Cyclic (Tricyclic) Antidepressant Overdose Scott Weingart, MD May 1, 2014 EMCrit: TCA Toxicity Approved Instructional Resource
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Common Questions and Dilemmas Dan Repplinger, MD| December 23, 2013 ALiEM: CO Toxicity Approved Instructional Resource
Cyclobenzaprine vs TCA Toxicity Jill Logan, PharmD BCPS February 13, 2014 ALiEM: Cyclobenzaprine Vs TCA Approved Instructional Resource
Are Acetaminophen Levels Necessary in All Overdose Patients? Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, FAACT September 4th, 2013 ALiEM: Acetaminophen Levels Honorable Mention
6 Pearls About Metformin and Lactic Acidosis Leon Gussow, ED February 13, 2014, 4:00 pm The Poison Review: Metformin and Lactic Acidosis Honorable Mention
Boring Question: Does this medication cause prolonged QTc? Jatin Kaicker, MD September 8, 2014 Boring EM: Prolonged QTc Honorable Mention
PV Card: Local anesthetic toxicity calculations David Murphy June 13, 2014 ALiEM: Anesthetic Overdose Honorable Mention
Cardiac Arrest After the Toxicology of Smoke Inhalation Scott Weingart, MD April, 2014 EMCrit: Smoke Inhalation Honorable Mention
Methadone in the ED Andy Neill, MD February 2, 2014 EM Ireland: Methadone Honorable Mention
Really wide QRS, Pt found down with WCT Amal Mattu, MD, FACEP September 8, 2014 UMEM ECG: WCT (link no longer live as of 01-30-18) Honorable Mention

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us!

Andrew Grock, MD

Andrew Grock, MD

Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR)
Faculty Physician, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
UCLA Emergency Medicine Department