AIR-Pro Series: Cardiovascular (2015)

Below we have listed our selection of the 8 highest quality blog posts related to 3 advanced level questions on cardiovascular topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. Advanced concepts about Sgarbossa’s Criteria
  2. Troubleshooting pacemaker’s and automated implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICD’s)
  3. Troubleshooting left ventricular assist devices (LVAD’s)

In this module, we have 5 AIR-Pro’s and 3 Honorable Mentions. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net.

AIR-Pro 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-Pro stamp of approval will only be given to posts scoring above a strict scoring cut-off of ≥28 points (out of 35 total), based on our AIR-Pro scoring instrument, which is slightly different from our original AIR Series scoring instrument. The other subset is for “Honorable Mention” posts. These posts have been flagged by and agreed upon by AIR-Pro Board members as worthwhile, accurate, unbiased, appropriately referenced, and have a score of 26-27. All posts will still be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit. To decrease the repetitive nature of posts relating to these advanced concepts, we did not always include every post found that met the score of ≥28 points.

Take the quiz at ALiEMU
ALiEMU AIR-Pro Cardiovascular block quiz

Cardiovascular Module 2015: Recommended III credit hours

2.5 hours (20 minutes per article)

AIR-Pro Cardiovascular Reading

Article Title Author Date Link Title
Making Sense of Sgarbossa’s Criteria – Chest Pain and Left Bundle Branch Block – Part 2 Tom Bouthillet April 27, 2015 ECG Medical Training, Sgarbossa Part 2 AIR-Pro
Making Sense of Sgarbossa’s Criteria – Chest Pain and Left Bundle Branch Block – Part 3 Tom Bouthillet April 27, 2015 ECG Medical Training, Sgarbossa Part 3 AIR-Pro
Sgarbossa Criteria Mike Cadogan & Chris Nickson July 1, 2012 Life in the Fast Lane: Sgarbossa Honorable Mention
Is there value in testing troponin levels after ICD discharge? Chris Targett & Tim Harris Feb 26, 2014 Best Bets AIR-Pro
Temporary Pacemaker Troubleshooting Chris Nickson August 18, 2014 Life in the Fast Lane: Pacemakers Honorable Mention
Magnet Chris Nickson May 7, 2014 Life in the Fast Lane: Magnets Honorable Mention
Left Ventricular Assist Device Salim Rezaie May 29, 2014 REBEL-EM: LVAD AIR-Pro
LVAD Patients: What you need to know Sumintra Wood July 24, 2015 EMDocs: LVAD AIR-Pro

Optional Background Reading

The following table contains links to basic/background knowledge that may be helpful to review prior to reading these more advanced-level blog posts. These are not part of the III quiz.

Article Title Author Date Link
Making Sense of Sgarbossa’s Criteria – Chest Pain and Left Bundle Branch Block – Part 1 Tom Bouthillet April 23, 2015 ECG Medical Training, Sgarbossa Part 1
Pacemaker Rhythms – Normal Patterns John Larkin & Ed Burns January 12, 2012 Life in the Fast Lane: Normal Pacemakers

 


Fareen Zaver, MD

Fareen Zaver, MD

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Resident Incubator 2017-18
Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources - Professional (AIR-Pro)
Champion, 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator
Board Member, 2016-17 ALiEM Wellness Think Tank
Clinical Lecturer, Emergency Physician
University of Calgary Emergency Department