REBEL EM has primarily been a clinical blog focusing on critical appraisal of research, but now we are proud to introduce

REBEL Core

, an initiative to improve discussion of core content in emergency medicine/critical care. Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed) has long been dedicated to discussing current literature to shorten knowledge translation. However, if all you use is FOAMed, then you will have “swiss cheese knowledge”, due to the lack of having foundational knowledge. The entire breadth of emergency medicine is not currently covered by FOAMed with a disproportionate representation of critical care topics (i.e. ECG, Ultrasound, Resuscitation, Procedures). REBEL Core will continue to discuss the foundational knowledge necessary in all aspects of emergency care.
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All Categories
  • All Categories
  • Abdominal and Gastroinstestinal
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrine, Metabolic, Fluid, and Electrolytes
  • Environmental
  • Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Procedures and Skills
  • Pyschobehavioral
  • Renal and Genitourinary
  • Resuscitation
  • Thoracic and Respiratory
  • Toxicology
  • Trauma

REBEL Core Cast 118.0 – IM vs PO NSAIDs

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Clinical Conundrums: Do We Need to Order a CT for Every Patient with Renal Colic?

Bottom Line Up Top: In selective patients presenting with flank pain, we can diagnose renal colic without a CT scan. There is also a subset of patients that would benefit from IV contrast enhanced CT scanning. Clinical Scenario: A 35-year-old …

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Renal and Genitourinary

REBEL Core Cast 117.0 – Infections of Pregnancy

Take Home Points Infections are a leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Prompt recognition is critical in management. Most infectious processes will require admission and close observation for improvement or decompensation.

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

REBEL Core Cast 116.0 – Achilles Tendon Rupture

Take Home Points Achilles tendon rupture is a clinical diagnosis. The Thompson Test should be applied in all suspected cases. Remember to brace or splint a rupture, even if suspected, in the resting equinus position for optimal healing and prevention …

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Orthopedics

Clinical Conundrums: Should You Give the First Dose of Antibiotics IV Before Discharging Home on Oral Antibiotics?

Bottom Line Up Top: In patients with infectious processes that are stable for discharge home, there is no role for giving a first dose of antibiotics IV in the ED. Clinical Scenario: A 45-year-old woman with hypertension presents with a …

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Infectious Disease

REBEL Core Cast 115.0 – Cardiogenic Shock

Take Home Points: Know clinical (cold extremities, oliguria, confusion, dizziness, narrow pulse pressure) and laboratory markers (metabolic acidosis, elevated creatinine, lactic acidosis) of hypoperfusion. An elevated lactate is a danger sign and requires explanation. Norepinephrine is a great first line …

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REBEL Core Cast 114.0 – Carbon Monoxide Toxicity

Take Home Points: Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that results from incomplete combustion of any carbon containing product. Exposure often occur unintentionally from indoor use of gas powered generators, camp stoves, or faulty home heaters. The …

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Toxicology

Clinical Conundrums: How Long Should We Monitor After Giving IM Epinephrine for Anaphylaxis?

How Long Should We Monitor After Giving IM Epinephrine for Anaphylaxis? Bottom Line Up Top: After prompt recognition and appropriate treatment with IM epinephrine, the risk of biphasic reactions are exceedingly low. There is no set observation time to monitor …

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Allergy and Immunology

REBEL Core Cast 113.0 – ACS Therapies and Management

Take Home Points: All STEMIs should be loaded with dual antiplatelet therapy. Prasugrel (Effient) is avoided as there is an increase in bleeding complications if the patient requires a CABG. NSTEMI cases can be challenging to manage. Consult Cardiology early …

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Cardiovascular

REBEL Core Cast 112.0 – Awareness During Paralysis

Take Home Points: Dose your RSI meds correctly.  Reach for post-intubation sedation at the same time you are asking for your induction agent and paralytic.   Propofol is a great choice for post-intubation sedation, and if your patient becomes hypotensive do …

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Resuscitation

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