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Medical Category: Infectious Disease

REBEL Cast Ep100: REVVED UP – COVID-19 Vaccination in the ED

Background: COVID-19 is now a vaccine preventable illness but, unfortunately, many have not received the COVID-19 vaccine due to a number of reasons including access, misinformation and a lack of confidence.  In the US, the emergency department is the safety …

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Infectious Disease

RECOVERY Trial: The REGN-COV Antibody Cocktail in COVID19

Background: Antibodies targeted at the SARS-CoV2 spike protein are an essential part of the body’s immune response to COVID19 infection. Infection with SARS-CoV2 stimulates the immune system to produce a polyclonal spike protein antibody response in the host. Vaccines have …

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Infectious Disease

The SAFER Trial: Pediatric CAP – Amoxicillin 5 days vs 10 days

Background: The evidence supporting the use of a 10-day course of high-dose amoxicillin to treat community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in pediatric patients is weak. In addition, medicine is trending towards shorter courses of antibiotics when clinically appropriate. REBEL EM covered a similar …

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Infectious DiseaseThoracic and Respiratory

COV-BARRIER: Baricitinib in Hospitalized Adults with COVID19

Background: Outside of vaccines, effective pharmaceuticals for COVID19 continue to be evasive. Steroids have been a success (in patients who require supplemental O2) leading to additional studies investigating optimal drug and dose. Despite early excitement, we’ve seen high-quality studies demonstrate …

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Infectious Disease

From Emergency Medicine to Hostage Negotiation

Earlier this year, my home shop began administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to patients in the emergency department (ED). Thirteen years of experience in emergency medicine has afforded me many opportunities to counsel patients on lifestyle modifications, death …

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Infectious Disease

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