Article Review: Premature diagnostic closure


DrugsAlocholYou are taking care of a patient, who frequently presents to the ED for polysubstance use. You are pretty sure his altered mental status is from polysubstance use again. He was found in his home next to drug paraphernalia. He intermittently becomes severely agitated, and so you give him sedatives. He has a low-grade fever, but you attribute that to his psychomotor agitation and likely stimulant use. Because he remains confused and lethargic after 8 hours, you admit him to an inpatient team to await further metabolism of his recreational drugs and your sedation medications.

 The next day, you learn that had meningoencephalitis.

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2016-11-11T19:00:36-08:00

How to teach procedures in the Emergency Department

PodcastHeadsetAs I was going through the free EM-RAP Educator’s Edition podcasts, somehow missed the March 2010 podcast on how to teach procedures in the Emergency Department. In the 36-minute podcast, Dr. Mak Moayedi (Univ of Maryland) discusses a framework to teaching procedures. Check it out.

More specifically, Dr. Moayedi talks about how teaching procedures has moved beyond the antiquated “see one, do one, teach one” philosophy. Instead, we should follow principles based on accepted adult learning theories.

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2016-12-20T10:04:41-08:00

Video: Caution about patient hand-offs in the ED

Kudos to Dr. Vineet Arora (Univ of Chicago) on creating a great video on the importance of clear, concise, and updated hand-off information on patients. This is especially important in the Emergency Department where patients are constantly being “signed out” to other residents for continued acute care. Whatever hand-off process you are using now, we can always do better.

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2016-10-26T17:05:32-08:00

Article Review: Evaluating students using RIME method

GradeHow do evaluate medical students and residents, who are rotating through your Emergency Department? Do you have a structured framework for assessing their competencies?

Have you heard of the RIME method of evaluating learners on their clinical rotation? Dr. Lou Pangaro (Vice Chair for Educational Programs in the Dept of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University) published a landmark article in 1999 on his simple yet effective approach in evaluating medical students and residents. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Dr. Pangaro when he gave CDEM’s keynote speech in 2008.

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2016-11-11T21:41:13-08:00