Category Archives: Emergency Medicine

E-POINT SEPTAL SEPARATION

A paper in AJEM describes a way to quickly assess left ventricular function that I wasn’t too familiar with. By measuring the distance between the anterior mitral valve and interventricular septum we can roughly assess the heart’s ejection fraction.

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LET´S NOT EVER HAVE THAT DISCUSSION AGAIN

Most of us know this so just a quickie post about ketamine and ICP. This paper lives here.

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MANUAL AORTIC COMPRESSION

There´s an interesting case report in Annals of Emergency Medicine. It describes a case where massive bleeding from the lower abdomen and pelvis was successfully stopped by a burly first responder who applied manual aortic compression.

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STEWART’S ACID TRIP

Acid-base calculations. The ones that make my head hurt. Every time I read up on it, I seem to almost grasp it and get a deeper understanding – which slips away slightly after a week or two. And a few … Continue reading

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BACK BOARDS AND SPINE IMMOBILISATION

Dr. Ryan Jacobsen, director of the Johnson County EMS in the States, explains why his EMS system isn’t transporting patients on the hard back boards for spine immobilisation. And he makes a great case of it, although they still – … Continue reading

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NOT SO IMPRESSIVE CICV MANAGEMENT

The outcomes from a Canadian questionnaire study of anaesthetists preferences in difficult airway management is disappointing. When faced with establishing an airway in cannot-intubate-cannot-ventilate scenarios, the majority would go for  seldinger- or needle-techniques ie one of the ready-made kits.

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PNEUMONIA AND ED ULTRASOUND

A study in AJEM sets out to compare diagnostic accuracy between chest x-rays and lung ultrasound for diagnosing pneumonia. Other recent ED studies have consistently shown how lung ultrasound outperforms chest x-rays when diagnosing pneumonia.

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PRIAPISM AFTER SPINAL CORD INJURY

While the rest of the #FOAMed world went away to fight in the great Cricoid Pressure war, I discreetly retired to my library in order to study the male erection.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“Damage control resus can help avoid damage control surgery” – Karim Brohi, smaccGOLD.

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TO HALVE OR NOT TO HALVE

An interesting study on outcomes for hemicraniectomies after extensive middle-cerebral-artery stroke. Hemicranectomies in cerebral oedema is not new, and has shown improved survival, but at the cost of severe disability. But what do the patients say?

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