TLDR Book Review: Switch – How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Chip and Dan Heath’s book, Switch, explains why change is so difficult and what we can do to make it easier. This little book is a must-read if you’ve ever met inexplicable resistance addressing issues as trivial as buying a new brand of coffee for the break room or as significant as enforcing the mandatory use of hand sanitizer. Is anyone actually in favor of spreading communicable diseases? Do the absence of San Francisco Hazelnut Morning Blend really warrant a call to the department chair? Why would people be so opposed to undeniably positive changes? The answer lies in understanding Riders, Elephants, and Paths. And here’s a spoiler alert: you’ll need a lot of mango.

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2019-04-04T21:20:44-07:00

SAEM Research Learning Series: Writing a Winning Abstract for a Scientific Meeting

SAEM research learning series

In this podcast episode of the SAEM Research Learning Series, Drs. Mary and Nate Haas interview Daren M. Beam, MD MS (Indiana University) talk about his research career. Listen to this episode which is chock full of practical pearls to help you get ahead with submitting a winning abstract for a scientific meeting or conference. As a bonus, you will also hear behind-the-scenes stories about how the PE Rule-out Criteria (PERC) rule came to be while he was a research coordinator before medical school. Did you know that it was originally nicknamed the “PE Pink Sheet”?

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2019-03-28T19:53:37-07:00

ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

The following ultrasound video was obtained in a hypotensive 23 year-old man with a history of drug abuse. What drug of abuse when used chronically is most likely to lead to this ultrasound finding in an otherwise healthy patient?

 

  1. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
  2. Cannabis
  3. Psilocybin
  4. Cocaine
  5. Opioids

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IDEA Series: A Workshop to Reflect on Personal Resilience

The Problem

Burnout is a well-known syndrome characterized by poor self-care, dehumanization, exhaustion, and reduced effectiveness. The study of wellness and resilience among emergency medicine (EM) providers and trainees has recently blossomed, largely as a consequence of recent tragedies of physician suicide, provider distress, and an increased awareness the impact burnout has on both personal and professional domains. While there are ongoing discussions on practices to best address burnout, methods have focused on promoting resilience, mindfulness, and provider engagement.1

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End-Tidal CO2 in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Capnography in CPR

End-tidal CO2 (EtCO2) monitoring is a measure of metabolism, perfusion, and ventilation. In the ED, we typically think of a EtCO2 as a marker of perfusion and ventilation. However, EtCO2 is an extremely powerful surrogate for endotracheal tube (ETT) Position, CPR Quality, Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), Strategies for treatment, and Termination (of CPR). Do these letters look familiar? They should! In this post we take a deep dive into each of these potential uses of EtCO2 in the ED.

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2019-02-19T18:37:10-07:00

The 4 T’s of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Blood transfusion Drip Chamber

A 28-year-old G4P3 at 41 weeks presents to the ED via EMS. She is in active labor. On exam, a neonatal head is visible. Two minutes later, you deliver a healthy vigorous baby boy and hand him to your colleague. You notice persistent bleeding from her vaginal canal. Her tachycardia climbs to 110 bpm and her latest blood pressure is 78/48 mm Hg. We review postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and the 4 T’s – a memory aid to help ED providers manage this life-threatening presentation.

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2019-03-29T19:00:18-07:00

ALiEM AIR Non-ACS Cardiovascular Module

SAEM sponsors AIR series

Welcome to the Non-ACS Cardiovascular Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts from the top 50 sites of the Social Media Index, the AIR Team is proud to present the highest quality online content related to non-acs cardiovascular emergencies. 5 blog posts within the past 12 months (as of September 2018) met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 2 AIR and 3 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 2.5 hours (about 30 minutes per article) of III credit for this module.

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