Welcome to the Orthopedics Upper Extremity Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts from the top 50 sites of the Social Media Index the ALiEM AIR Team is proud to present the highest quality orthopedic upper extremity content. Below we have listed our selection of the 14 highest quality blog posts within the past 12 months (as of March 2016) related to orthopedic upper extremity emergencies, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. More specifically in this module, we identified 2 AIRs and 12 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 5 hours (just over 20 minutes per article) of III credit for this module.

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.

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Highlighted quality posts

Article TitleAuthorDateLinkTitle
More Dogma: Epinephrine in Digital Nerve BlocksRob Bryant, MDSeptember 3, 2015Rebel EM: Epi in DigitsApproved Instructional Resource
A St.Emlyn’s fascia iliaca block updateAlan Grayson , MDJanuary 22, 2016St Emlyn’s: Iliaca BlockApproved Instructional Resource
Septic Joint: Reminders, Updates and PitfallsMatthew A. Heimann, MD and Kevin Barlotta, MDMay 9, 2015EMDocs: Septic JointHonorable Mention
Open FracturesRichard B. Moleno, DO, MS and Michael Venezia, DO, MPHDecember 31, 2015EM Docs: Open FracturesHonorable Mention
Boring Question: Does this pediatric patient require a hard cast?Patrick Bafuma, PAMarch 23, 2015CanadiEM: Peds and Hard CastsHonorable Mention
PV Card: Adult scaphoid fractureSean Kivlehan, MD, MPHFebruary 1, 2016ALiEM: Scaphoid FractureHonorable Mention
Episode 52: Commonly Missed Uncommon Orthopedic InjuriesAnton Helman, MDOctober 1, 2014EM Cases: Missed Ortho InjuriesHonorable Mention
Clinical Question: How effective is intra-articular lidocaine for shoulder reduction?Patrick Bafuma, PAMarch 22, 2016Candi EM: IA LidoHonorable Mention
Handy Knowledge: Subtle and High-Risk Hand InjuriesRyan Mason, MD and Alex St. John, MDSeptember 19, 2015EM Docs: Hand InjuriesHonorable Mention
Episode 58: Tendons and Ligaments – Commonly Missed Uncommon Orthopedic Injuries Part 2Anton Helman, MDJanuary 1, 2015EM Cases: Missed Ortho Injuries 2Honorable Mention
The Crashing Patient with Long Bone Fractures: A Case of Fat Embolism SyndromeMolly Tollins, MD, Nick Johnson, MDJanuary 21, 2016EM Docs: Fat Embolism 1Honorable Mention
Wrist and Distal Forearm Injuries: Pearls and PitfallsJason Brown, MDNovember 7, 2015EM Docs: Wrist/Forearm InjuriesHonorable Mention
Septic ArthitisSean Fox, MDAugust 28, 2015PEM Morsels: Septic JointHonorable Mention
Shoulder DislocationSean Fox, MDJuly 31, 2015PEM Morsels: Shoulder dislocationHonorable Mention

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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