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Author: Tarlan Hedayati

Spontaneous Pneumothorax: Stand There and Do Nothing?

Background: Most published clinical guidelines on the management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) advocate for a conservative approach of observation for small asymptomatic pneumothoraces (PTX).(1,2) However, procedural re-expansion with a catheter or chest tube is recommended for all large pneumothoraces, regardless …

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Procedures and SkillsThoracic and Respiratory

AFib: Wait-and-See or Early Cardioversion to Obtain Normal Sinus Rhythm?

Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac dysrhythmia encountered in the emergency department (ED), affecting 2.7 million – 6.1 million Americans annually. Hospitalizations with AF as the primary diagnosis total >467,000 annually. AF is associated with a 5-fold increased risk …

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Cardiovascular

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