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Etomidate vs Ketamine in Trauma RSI

16 Mar
March 16, 2017

Background: Etomidate and ketamine are both routinely used as induction agents during rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in trauma patients. It is well established that etomidate transiently suppresses the adrenal gland through inhibition of the 11-beta hydroxylase enzyme. Though adrenal suppression in theory can cause deleterious outcomes, there is no high-quality evidence demonstrating a change in […]

The Benefit of Lung Protective Ventilation in the ED Should be LOV-ED

13 Mar
March 13, 2017

Background: Intubation and mechanical ventilation are commonly performed ED interventions and although patients optimally go to an ICU level of care afterwards, many of them remain in the ED for prolonged periods of time. It is widely accepted that the utilization of lung protective ventilation reduces ventilator-associated complications, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Additionally, […]

Triage ECGs: Reducing Interruptions in a Busy ED

09 Mar
March 9, 2017

Background: Lets face it. All of us have been interrupted by the onslaught of triage ECGs for interpretation.¬† This constant flow of pink paper with black scribble causes frequent task switching, interrupts train of thought, and ultimately can lead to medical errors, which affects the patients in front of us.¬† On the other hand, it […]

Pediatric Septic Hip

06 Mar
March 6, 2017

Pediatric Septic Hip Definition:¬†Bacterial infection of the hip joint space and synovial fluid Background: Causes Hematogenous spread in bacteremia Local spread (i.e. from osteomyelitis) Direct inoculation (traumatic or surgical) High-Risk Subgroups Age < 2 years (peak incidence 6 – 24 months) Immunocompromised state (i.e. AIDS, active cancer, etc) Functional asplenia (i.e. sickle cell disease) Complications […]

Effectiveness of Diazepam Adjunct Therapy in Acute Low Back Pain

02 Mar
March 2, 2017

Background: Low back pain is an extremely common presentation to US Emergency Departments (EDs) representing 2.4% or 2.7 million visits annually. The vast majority of presentations are benign in etiology but can be time consuming and frustrating for both patients and physicians. For patients, most will have persistent symptoms a week after presentation and many […]

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