Every year, we see drownings. In some cases people survive, but unfortunately sometimes they do not. However, there is confusion in both the medical community and the public regarding what is considered to be a drowning event. Dogma and myths are everywhere and one of the most common is "dry drowning" which is why we brought Michelle Perkins on to discuss this important issue.
We see changes in potassium levels all of the time in patients. However, what works and what does not? What is the evidence behind the management? Are there special pearls? These questions and much more are addressed in this podcast with Michelle Perkins.
Patients often come in complaining of a possible spider bite, but is this actually the cause of their symptoms? In this blog and podcast, we talk specifically about brown recluse bites, differentiating them from other causes, treatment, and other pearls.
Epinephrine (adrenaline) has been a hallmark of cardiac arrest management as an attempt to obtain a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). However, the evidence for epinephrine in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) as well as in the hospital (IHCA) has been conflicting. We review the largest trial to date just recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
Does it actually matter how you dress when you go to work? The BMJ recently published an open access article covering this exact issue. Although in many ways limited, this study offered some key insights regarding how our dress attire in different settings could potentially impact patient perceptions.
Too often we find ourselves fighting trolls and people both on social media and sometimes in real life. Most of the time though, we are not able to engage in any form of real debate and discussion. In this blog and podcast, we talk about how to meaningfully discuss and properly debate in any situation, especially on social media.
Excited delirium has been covered quite a bit, but like other hot topics it is always changing with new evidence. Here are some of the key pearls and pitfalls to managing this high risk population.
The last 100 podcasts has been a major milestone. Now that we are in the triple digits, it is worth reviewing some of the highlights from the first 100 episodes. Also, we have a major announcement to share!
When you hear five of anything in regards to emergency medicine, you have to think of Ken Milne who is an evidence based medicine (EBM) guru in the field of emergency medicine (EM). He hosts The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine (The SGEM) and is a major advocate in cutting down the knowledge translation (KT) window down from over 10 years to less than one year. In true celebratory fashion for the 100th podcast, Ken came on to discuss being a skeptic by reviewing five examples of when EM got ahead of the evidence.
The first time you see it, there can be any number of emotions. On some patients, it looks like their chest is being caved in by a machine. On other patients, it feels like a smooth and controlled aspect of an otherwise difficult resuscitation. There are many opinions and stories about mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (mCPR), but the evidence may surprise you and lead to the question: does it work?
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