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Medical Category: 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

LIVE-AIR Trial: What the Heck is Lenzilumab?

Background: We have all seen the wide spectrum of illness caused by COVID-19 ranging from asymptomatic disease on one extreme all the way up to critical illness, acute respiratory disease and ultimately death at the other extreme.  In the most …

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Infectious Disease

Dexamethasone vs Methylprednisolone in ICU Patients with COVID19

Background Information: Over one year into the pandemic many therapies to treat COVID-19 have targeted innumerable aspects of the virus. Most recently, the use of corticosteroids to treat the virus’ excessive inflammatory effects has become the front and center of …

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Endocrine, Metabolic, Fluid, and ElectrolytesInfectious DiseaseThoracic and Respiratory

The Pneumonia Short Treatment Trial: Antibiotic Treatment for 3 days vs 8 days

Background: In 2019 the World Health Organization listed “Antimicrobial Resistance” as a top 10 threat to global health. This was echoed in a 2021 document. [WHO 2019, WHO 2021] The classic medical teaching regarding antimicrobial therapy pushed for longer treatment …

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Infectious DiseaseThoracic and Respiratory

The VICTAS Trial: How Many More RCTs do we Need on the Metabolic Cocktail in Sepsis?

Background: Since the publication of the before and after Marik trial [1] published in 2016, there have been six randomized clinical trials trying to answer the question of the utility of the metabolic cocktail (Vitamin C, thiamine, and hydrocortisone) in …

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Infectious Disease

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