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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REBEL Core Cast 85.0 – Superficial Venous Thrombosis

Take Home Points SVT >5cm or <3 cm from the SFJ should be treated with anti-coagulation.  The rate of concurrent DVT and PE in patients with SVT is 25% and 5%, respectively. 

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REBEL Core Cast 84.0 – AVNRT

Take Home Points AVNRT is a common tachydysrhythmia that results from a reentrant loop within the AV node. Unstable patients with AVNRT should be considered for immediate synchronized electrical cardioversion. Stable patients with AVNRT can have a trial of vagal …

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Cardiovascular

REBEL Core Cast 83.0 – Post-LP Headache

Take Home Points Post dural-puncture headache affects up to 30% of patients after lumbar puncture. Suspect PDPH in all patients who recently underwent an LP or epidural anesthesia regardless of whether they meet the IHS criteria. The best way to …

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NeurologyProcedures and Skills

REBEL Core Cast 82.0 – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Take Home Points Consider AAA in patients with acute onset of back or abdominal pain particularly in patients > 50 and in those with a history of hypertension Consider ruptured AAA in patients (especially those > 50 years of age) …

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Cardiovascular

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Mega Summary – Part 2

Take Home Points Emergency medicine revolves around the differential diagnosis History and physical exam should significantly narrow your differential diagnosis Have an idea of what specific diagnoses are being ruled out when ordering diagnostic tests Always consider the most life-threatening and …

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Abdominal and GastroinstestinalCardiovascularDermatologyEndocrine, Metabolic, Fluid, and ElectrolytesHematology and OncologyInfectious DiseaseNeurologyObstetrics and GynecologyOrthopedicsResuscitationTrauma

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Mega Summary – Part 1

Take Home Points Emergency medicine revolves around the differential diagnosis History and physical exam should significantly narrow your differential diagnosis Have an idea of what specific diagnoses are being ruled out when ordering diagnostic tests Always consider the most life-threatening and …

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Allergy and ImmunologyHead, Eye, Ear, Nose, and ThroatRenal and GenitourinaryResuscitationThoracic and RespiratoryTrauma

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Syncope

Take Home Points Break the differentials down into bad & painless, bad & painful, and other causes – WOMAN-PE Cardiac causes – mechanical or electrical – look for the obvious and 5 non-obvious causes (WPW, HCOM, ARVD, prolonged QT, and …

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CardiovascularNeurology

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Weakness

Take Home Points Be prepared to do everything with these cases, if they can’t provide information, dive into their medication list, history, contact whoever you have to to get more information Keep differentials wide – then approach these cases with …

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Abdominal and GastroinstestinalCardiovascularEndocrine, Metabolic, Fluid, and ElectrolytesInfectious DiseaseNeurologyRenal and GenitourinaryResuscitation

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Dizziness

Take Home Points Key point is to discern between central and peripheral causes – become familiar with the nuances of one and concentrate on that Assume central and convince yourself its peripheral in nature, if at the end of the …

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Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, and ThroatNeurology

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Rash

Take Home Points Examine all parts of the body, even inside the mouth – this can be the difference between benign and life threatening rashes Truly emergent causes: meningococcemia, TTP, DIC, TSS, SJS, TEN, and necrotizing fasciitis Toxic appearing patients …

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Dermatology

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