12 01, 2017

Introducing In-Line Expert Peer Review: Advancing the State of Academic Blogging

expert peer reviewA peer review process, in one form or another, has long been the de facto standard for academic publishing. In 2013, ALiEM was the first FOAM resource to initiate an attributed peer review process for all submitted content–effectively bringing a traditional standard to a new frontier of medical education.1 Since our expert peer review (EPR) program inception, reviewers have published critical appraisals alongside 114 ALiEM posts to date.
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8 01, 2017

Top 10 ALiEM Clinical Posts of 2016

top 10 ALiEM clinical postsSeasons greetings from the ALiEM team. We have been publishing so many posts this year that you may have missed a few. Did you catch at least the top 10 most-read ALiEM clinical posts, which were published in 2016? These include some Tricks of the Track pearls and clinical tips in toxicology, orthopedics, and neurology. Check them out.
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5 01, 2017

Top 8 Must-Know EM Pharmacotherapy Articles of 2016

Top 8 must-know EM pharmacotherapy articles of 2016For the third consecutive year, we provide a quick summary of some important Emergency Medicine pharmacotherapy articles from the last 12 months. We have tried to focus on articles you may have missed, but are potentially high-impact for improving clinical practice in the ED. Without further ado, we present the 8 must-know EM pharmacotherapy articles of 2016.

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30 12, 2016

Trick of the Trade: Warfarin tablet strength identification

warfarinMedical providers commonly encounter patients in the emergency department who state they are anticoagulated with warfarin, but they have no idea what dose they are taking. “I know that I take two pills of warfarin daily.” Dosing becomes critically important especially when continuing their medication as an inpatient, refilling their medications, or adjusting their outpatient dose because of an inappropriately high or low INR level. How can you determine the patient’s warfarin dose?
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29 12, 2016

Trick of the Trade: A cleaner way to apply dental cement for a tooth fracture

dental cement for tooth fracture The management of a dental fracture is a core skill of the emergency physician.1 When the enamel is violated and the underlying dentin is exposed (i.e. Ellis Class II or greater), the dental pulp becomes at risk.2 Protecting the exposed dentin in a timely manner, therefore, is paramount. This is best accomplished through the use of dental cements.

The application of dental cement to a fractured tooth, while a relatively rare procedure, is one often fraught with difficulties. With many of the formulations requiring the rapid application of a fast-drying cement, time for accurate and clean application is limited. This often clumsy, haphazard spackling of the patient’s tooth with cement rarely feels smooth or confidence-instilling. Isn’t there a better way?
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27 12, 2016

AIR-Pro: Toxicology (Part 2)

Welcome to the Toxicology (Part 2) AIR-Pro Module. Below we have listed our selection of the 12 highest quality blog posts related to 5 advanced level questions on toxicology topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. One-pill-could-kill ingestions for pediatrics patients
  2. Decontamination techniques
  3. Physostigmine
  4. Alcohol Withdrawal
  5. High dose insulin therapy

In this module, we have 8 AIR-Pro’s and 4 Honorable Mentions. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net and FOAMSearcher.

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12 12, 2016

PV Card: Elbow Injuries

elbow injuries

Elbow injuries are a common presentation to the Emergency Department. This pocket card reviews some the imaging, acute management, and some pearls for the following injuries: elbow dislocation, radial head subluxation, supracondylar fractures (such as the xray on the right), radial head fracture, epicondylitis, condyle fractures, and olecranon fracture. Thanks to Dr. Jonathon Hancock (Doctor’s Hospital orthopedist) for the expert peer review.

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