AIR Series: Respiratory Part 1 (2015)

2017-03-05T14:14:15+00:00

We found an enormous amount of posts on respiratory topics and thus have divided the content into two modules. This first module will focus on general respiratory issues with airway and pulmonary embolism covered in the second module. Below we have listed our selection of the 15 highest quality blog posts within the past 12 months (current as of April 2015) related to respiratory, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. In this module we have 4 AIRs and 11 Honorable Mentions. We strive for comprehensiveness by selecting from a broad spectrum of blogs from the top 50 listing per the Social Media Index.

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 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.

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 5 hours (20 minutes per article) of III for this module.

*Special note, as of June 3, 2015, the Peds EM Morsels site is not working. As such, we will not include quiz questions from these references.

* As of July 17, 2015, the Peds EM Morsels site is working.

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ALiEMU AIR Respiratory Part 1 block quiz

Highlighted Quality Posts

Article Title Author Date Link Title
Dexamethasone for Asthma Sean Fox, MD December 26, 2014 PedsEMMorsels: Dex for Asthma Approved Instructional Resource
Episode 59: Bronchiolitis Sanjay Mehta,MD, Med, Dennis Scolnik, MB, ChB, Amy Plint,MD, MSc 2014 EMCases: Bronchiolitis Approved Instructional Resource
ALiEM-Annals of EM Journal Club: Spontaneous pneumothorax, pigtail catheters, and outpatient management Michelle Lin, MD November 10, 2014 ALiEM: Pigtails for PTx Approved Instructional Resource
Why we do what we do: Systemic corticosteroids in acute asthma exacerbations Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd 2014 PEM Cases: Steroids for Asthma Approved Instructional Resource
SGEM#96: Machine Head – NIPPV for Out of Hospital Respiratory Distress Amy Panzenbeck, MD and Kara Otterness, MD, NYU-Bellevue EM Residents November 19, 2014 SGEM: NIPPV Honorable Mention
SGEM#103: Just Breathe – Inhaled Corticosteroids for Asthma Exacerbations Ken Milne, MD, MSc January 17, 2015 SGEM: Inhaled Steroids for Asthma Honorable Mention
Are you giving asthmatics prednisone when you could be prescribing dexamethasone instead? Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd 2014 PEM Blog: Prednisone Vs Dexamethasone Honorable Mention
Hemoptysis Mike Steuerwald, MD, Tyler Winders, MD February 26, 2015 Taming the SRU: Hemoptysis Honorable Mention
Azithromycin for COPD exacerbations: 2014 Update Abhishek Biswas, MD June 27, 2014 PulmCC: Azithromycin for COPD Honorable Mention
The Effect of Oximetry on Hospital Admission for Bronchiolitis Tessa Davis, MD September 8, 2014 DFTB: Pulse Ox and Bronchiolitis Honorable Mention
How Long Does a Cough From Respiratory Illness Last? Salim Rezaie, MD May 2, 2014 Rebel: Cough Honorable Mention
MRSA in Community Acquired Pneumonia Joe Lex, MD, Dave Talan, MD October 6, 2014 Free EM Talks: MRSA in CAP Honorable Mention
Asthma Control Sean Fox, MD January 30, 2015 Peds EM Morsels: Asthma Honorable Mention
Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Jasmine Antoine, BSC, MBBS, MPH February 19, 2015 DFTB: Meconium Honorable Mention
Adenosine in reactive airway disease Marian Gaviola, PharmD March 30, 2015 ALiEM: Adenosine Bronchospasm Honorable Mention

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

Background Information About the AIR Series

The ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Series is 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.

Do you belong to a residency program that is not currently participating? No problem! Any one can read the AIR series curated post and complete the quiz for educational value!

If a residency program is interested in participating, please contact us!

Andrew Grock, MD

Andrew Grock, MD

Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR)
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
UCLA Emergency Medicine Department
Andrew Grock, MD

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