Paucis Verbis card: Burn Wounds

burn woundsBurn classification and management are key skills for ED providers to remember. Depending on the prevalence of burns in your ED, it may be hard for forget the details. So here is a PV reference card on the rule of 9’s, different classifications of burns, and indications for burn unit referral.

Update (April 22, 2016): This card was updated by Dr. Christian Rose (UCSF-SFGH) to reflect current evidence that topical antibiotics and honey are IN, while silver sulfadiazine is OUT for partial-thickness burns.

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2019-01-28T23:37:44-07:00

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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2016-10-26T17:05:32-07:00

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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2016-11-11T21:41:13-07:00

Paucis Verbis card: Ascites assessment with paracentesis

ParacentesisA paracentesis procedure is often performed in the Emergency Department to rule a patient out for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP).

  • Do you check coagulation studies before performing the procedure?
  • How comfortable do you feel that the patient has SBP with an ascites WBC > 500 cells/microliter or ascites PMN > 250 cells/microliter?

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2019-01-28T23:39:05-07:00

Blog’s one year anniversary

OneYearThe blog is already one year old! What started initially as a little educational experiment has now evolved into a potentially long-term endeavor. It was initially built as a sort of personal journal of what I’ve learned and read about in the field of academic emergency medicine and educational technologies. Now I’ve it focuses on academics, clinical emergency medicine (Paucis Verbis cards), faculty and resident development, and technologies.

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2019-09-10T14:04:52-07:00