On our last blog and podcast, part of the ATLS series, we covered shock. In that last post, it was briefly mentioned how vasopressin could be used in hemorrhagic shock. We want to build on that discussion today with a more detailed review on using vasopressin (and other vasopressors) in such a situation.
Shock, especially in trauma, is an absolute killer. Defined as an abnormality of the circulatory system that results in inadequate organ perfusion and tissue oxygenation, shock must be recognized and treated accordingly. Here to help us with this discussion is Mike Sharma.
Scaphoid fractures are often missed but important fractures due to their potential complications including non-union, post-traumatic osteoarthritis, and potential for avascular necrosis (AVN). These complications can even lead to lawsuits which further emphasizes the need to identify and properly treat these fractures whenever possible.
Airway management is a commonly discussed topic in emergency medicine and there are some challenges that are unique with trauma. Mike Sharma co-hosts again with our ATLS podcast series on this topic. Take the time to listen both to better prepare for your ATLS course but also to better manage your future trauma patients.
To some, this may feel like spaced repetition. However, the discussion with tramadol today is a common and recurring issue. We will highlight the problems with tramadol and why it may be better to think of it as "tramadont" moving forward.
With the blast that occurred in Beirut earlier, this is a good time to do a rapid review on blast injuries. This can be a rather complex topic but we will focus on conventional explosives.
Summer is often a time that people visit the beach for vacation. While this may be different with the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is still worth learning how to manage one common injury at the beach: jellyfish stings.
It is time to dive into some core Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) content. Mike Sharma is back to co-host the podcast and help us cover the first chapter of ATLS which discusses the initial assessment and management of trauma patients.
This is probably one of the most niche blog and podcast that has been done for a while, but it is a special one given the work that has been put into this particular topic. This has been a long term goal that has finally made some real progress recently.
Since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of masks has been discussed. As this pandemic continues, there has been a great deal of debate on this issue. This post is meant to help address some of the more common myths surrounding masks for COVID-19.
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