Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course

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Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) is a new online course that I am taking. It is sponsored by the NeuroCritical Care Society, which focuses on the first few hours of care to neurological emergencies. It is a collaborative effort between emergency physicians and neurointensivists, both of which author each individual module. The course is co-chaired by Scott Weingart, MD of EMCrit fame and is geared towards anyone who treats neurological emergencies (physicians, nurses, PA/NP, EMS personnel). The course utilizes technology to deliver its content by podcast, video presentation of ENLS guidelines, online reading of published guidelines and an online quiz. Completion of [...]

Patwari Academy videos: Neonatal Resuscitation

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What is your approach to neonatal resuscitation… that is, after you pause a millisecond to first take a deep breath. Stay calm in this always stressful scenario. Dr. Rahul Patwari goes over the basics from the 2010  Circulation publication on Neonatal Resuscitation (free PDF). What should you be thinking of and doing in the first “golden minute”? […]

Mass Casualty Anticipation – An essential, instinctual skill of EM physicians

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Emergency medicine is full of surprises, twists, and turns. We don’t know what type of patient we will encounter prior to a shift, but we are ready for any and all. That being said, preparation is essential prior to the arrival of critical patients. This is why the airway cart is checked before starting a shift or the position of the bedside ultrasound machine is always mentally tracked in order to quickly grab if needed. Unfortunately, individual preparation is not sufficient for large scale disasters. This level of preparation must happen on a hospital and interdepartmental level such as coordination between trauma [...]

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: The Octopus Trap

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Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy was first described in Japan in 1990 and  in the United States in 1998. It was named after an octopus trap (“tako-tsubo”) due to the shape of the trap being similar to the appearance of the left ventricular (LV) apical ballooning that occurs in this condition.  Why is this condition so important to know? It can mimic acute coronary syndrome and most patients go to the emergency department because they are worried they are having an acute myocardial infarction.   […]

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Prehospital ECG and STEMI Activation: A Good Idea?

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It is well known that primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) is the gold standard in STEMI treatment and that decreased door-to-balloon time has better patient outcomes. Guidelines recommend that the interval between arrival at the hospital and intracoronary balloon inflation (door-to-balloon time) should be 90 minutes or less. […]

Patwari Academy videos: The Crashing Neonate

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In this series of videos, Dr. Rahul Patwari reviews the approach to the crashing neonate. Because these cases are often stressful, it is paramount to keep in mind a broad list of potential causes, such as “THE MISFITS” mnemonic: T rauma/abuse H eart disease E ndocrine (CAH, hyperthyroid) M etabolic (hypoglycemia, hyponatremia) I nborn errors S epsis F ormula mishaps I ntestinal catastrophes T oxins (home remedies) S eizures […]

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The Importance of Reciprocal Changes in Lead aVL

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ECG interpretation is one of the most important skills to master as an emergency  physician, and its interpretation can be very complex and frustrating. ECG manifestations can be very subtle, and sometimes the earliest and only ECG change seen will be reciprocal changes alone. To further complicate this, many patients have the atypical symptoms of nausea/vomiting, weakness, or shortness of breath and not chest pain. […]

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Mythbuster: Calcium Gluconate Raises Serum Calcium as Quickly as Calcium Chloride

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LET’S START WITH THE FACTS We know that calcium chloride (CaCl2) provides 3 times more elemental calcium than an equivalent amount of calcium gluconate. So, CaCl2 1 gm = calcium gluconate 3 gm. CLINICAL QUESTIONS Does CaCl2 have better bioavailability than calcium gluconate? Does calcium gluconate have a slower onset of action because it needs hepatic metabolism to release the calcium? […]

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Geriatric Blunt Trauma – Respect the Lactate

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Which is a better prognostic tool in geriatric trauma, traditional vital signs or lactate level? Meet Norma Nuance (NN), a 70-year-old woman with CAD, HTN, HLD, DM, and mild dementia. She was involved in an MVC as the restrained driver with questionable LOC. She arrives in your ED and appears confused, but has a history of dementia. There are no family members to tell you her baseline. Her BP is 120/80, and her HR is 90. She is not calling out in pain, but does mumble about her left arm when you ask if she is hurting. You think she [...]