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 TitleAuthorDateLinkTitle
Dexamethasone for AsthmaSean Fox, MDDecember 26, 2014PedsEMMorsels: Dex for AsthmaApproved Instructional Resource
Episode 59: BronchiolitisSanjay Mehta,MD, Med, Dennis Scolnik, MB, ChB, Amy Plint,MD, MSc2014EMCases: BronchiolitisApproved Instructional Resource
ALiEM-Annals of EM Journal Club: Spontaneous pneumothorax, pigtail catheters, and outpatient managementMichelle Lin, MDNovember 10, 2014ALiEM: Pigtails for PTxApproved Instructional Resource
Why we do what we do: Systemic corticosteroids in acute asthma exacerbationsBrad Sobolewski, MD, MEd2014PEM Cases: Steroids for AsthmaApproved Instructional Resource
SGEM#96: Machine Head – NIPPV for Out of Hospital Respiratory DistressAmy Panzenbeck, MD and Kara Otterness, MD, NYU-Bellevue EM ResidentsNovember 19, 2014SGEM: NIPPVHonorable Mention
SGEM#103: Just Breathe – Inhaled Corticosteroids for Asthma ExacerbationsKen Milne, MD, MScJanuary 17, 2015SGEM: Inhaled Steroids for AsthmaHonorable Mention
Are you giving asthmatics prednisone when you could be prescribing dexamethasone instead?Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd2014PEM Blog: Prednisone Vs DexamethasoneHonorable Mention
HemoptysisMike Steuerwald, MD, Tyler Winders, MDFebruary 26, 2015Taming the SRU: HemoptysisHonorable Mention
Azithromycin for COPD exacerbations: 2014 UpdateAbhishek Biswas, MDJune 27, 2014PulmCC: Azithromycin for COPDHonorable Mention
The Effect of Oximetry on Hospital Admission for BronchiolitisTessa Davis, MDSeptember 8, 2014DFTB: Pulse Ox and BronchiolitisHonorable Mention
How Long Does a Cough From Respiratory Illness Last?Salim Rezaie, MDMay 2, 2014Rebel: CoughHonorable Mention
MRSA in Community Acquired PneumoniaJoe Lex, MD, Dave Talan, MDOctober 6, 2014Free EM Talks: MRSA in CAPHonorable Mention
Asthma ControlSean Fox, MDJanuary 30, 2015Peds EM Morsels: AsthmaHonorable Mention
Meconium Aspiration SyndromeJasmine Antoine, BSC, MBBS, MPHFebruary 19, 2015DFTB: MeconiumHonorable Mention
Adenosine in reactive airway diseaseMarian Gaviola, PharmDMarch 30, 2015ALiEM: Adenosine BronchospasmHonorable 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)
Faculty Physician, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
UCLA Emergency Medicine Department