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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Bacterial Endocarditis

Background: Definition Infective Endocarditis (IE) = Inflammation of the endothelium of the heart, heart valves (or both) (Osman 2013) Epidemiology Annual incidence = 5-7 cases per 100,000 (Fraimow 2013) 40,000 to 50,000 new cases in the US per year. Average …

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Infectious Disease

Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

Definition: Acute infection of the ascitic fluid in a patient with liver disease without another source of infection Epidemiology: (Runyon 1988, Runyon 1988, Borzio 2001) Incidence 10-25% risk of at least one episode per year 20% risk in those with ascites …

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Infectious Disease

Acute Pancreatitis

Acute Pancreatitis Background: Definition: Acute inflammatory process of the pancreas; a retroperitoneal organ with endocrine and exocrine function. Epidimiology (Rosen’s 2018) US Incidence: 5 – 40/100,000 Mortality: 4-7% Progression to severe disease: 10-15% of cases (mortality in this subset 20-50%) …

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Abdominal and Gastroinstestinal

Button Battery Ingestion

Button Batteries: Small, disc shaped battery cells which are designed for use in small electronic devices. Common sources are kids toys, watches, calculators and hearing aids. Most batteries use lithium as a power source Button Battery Ingestion Danger: Contact with …

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Pediatrics

Pacemaker Basics

Have you ever been confused by the alphabet soup of pacemakers? This post will serve as a pacemaker basics reference.

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Cardiovascular

Baclofen Withdrawal

Definition: A dysfunctional condition in which removal of baclofen, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, from the central nervous system (CNS) causes CNS excitation.

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Toxicology

Hyperthermia Syndromes

Definition: A life-threatening emergency in which there is a failure of the body’s thermoregulatory mechanisms to handle extrinsic and intrinsic heat. The failure of thermoregulation leads to multi-system organ dysfunction characterized by alteration of neurologic function. Unlike in fever, hyperthermia …

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Environmental

Management of Mild to Moderate Asthma Exacerbations

This post is meant to accompany the REBEL Cast episode on The Crashing Asthmatic from June 2015. This blog post will also be simultaneously posted on the Core EM site here. Come over and check out our core content offerings. …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

Cardiogenic Shock

Author’s Note: This post is one of the first written for a new site sponsored by the NYU/Bellevue Emergency Department called Core EM. This is a FOAM site dedicated to core content Emergency Medicine featuring a blog, podcast and procedure video …

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Cardiovascular

ECG Basics

Electrocardiography is a fundamental part of cardiovascular assessment. It is an essential tool for investigating cardiac arrhythmias and ischemia. Just because electrocardiography is a basic skill in EM doesn’t mean that our skills should be basic…we must be the EXPERTS! Below …

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Cardiovascular

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