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 17.0 – Penetrating Neck Trauma

Take Home Points: Get definitive airway control when necessary Use modality you’re most comfortable with Hard signs –  pulsatile bleeding, bruit or thrill, expanding hematoma, airway compromise, massive hemoptysis (think airway injury), hematemesis (think esophageal injury), grossly injured trachea, neurologic …

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Trauma

REBEL Core Cast 16.0 – Decompensated Hypothyroidism

Take Home Points Myxedema coma is severe, decompensated hypothyroidism with a very high mortality. Classic features include: decreased mental status, hypothermia, hypotension, bradycardia, hyponatremia, hypoglycemia, and hypoventilation Work up includes looking for and treating precipitating causes, most commonly infection as …

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Endocrine, Metabolic, Fluid, and Electrolytes

REBEL Core Cast 15.0 – Syncope Literature Updates

Take Home Points There is no real distinction between syncope and near syncope. Older folk with near syncope or syncope should be treated the same. Patient with high risk features its reasonable to admit but if they’re low risk, well-appearing …

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Cardiovascular

REBEL Core Cast 14.0 – Superficial Venous Thrombosis

Take Home Points on SVT Superficial venous thrombosis refers to a clot and inflammation in the larger, or “axial” veins of the lower extremities and superficial thrombophlebitis refers to clot and inflammation in the tributary veins of the lower extremities. …

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Hematology and Oncology

REBEL Core Cast 13.0 – Measles

Take Home Points on Measles There is a resurgence of measles worldwide Incubation period is 10 – 14 days and patients are contagious 4 days before rash develops and up to 5 days after Suspect measles in any patient with …

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Infectious Disease

REBEL Core Cast 12.0 – Tracheostomy Emergencies

Take Home Points on Tracheostomy Emergencies Track is mature in 7 days – don’t blindly replace before then because concern for false track creation All bleeding needs to be taken seriously and should be evaluated by surgery If not ventilating …

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ResuscitationThoracic and Respiratory

All You Need to Know About Measles

Background: In 2000, the U.S. achieved the elimination of measles, defined as the absence of sustained transmission of the virus for more than 12 months [3,7]. Unfortunately, this success was short lived.  According to the CDC, 555 cases of measles have …

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Infectious DiseasePediatrics

REBEL Core Cast 11.0 – Epiglottitis

Take Home Points on Epiglottitis Epiglottitis has demonstrated a resurgence in the adult population. It is no longer a pediatric only disease. The classic presentation of epiglottitis (3Ds of drooling, dysphagia and distress) is uncommon Epiglottitis should be high on …

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Infectious Disease

REBEL Core Cast 10.0 – Blunt Cardiac Injury

Take Home Points on Blunt Cardiac Injury No single test can be used to exclude BCI. However a thorough physical exam combined with a 12-lead EKG, troponin measurement, and echocardiography can be used to characterize BCI and direct care Obtain …

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Trauma

REBEL Core Cast 9.0 – Pediatric Status Epilepticus

Pediatric Status Epilepticus Shownotes Definition: Seizure that has been going on for >5 minutes OR recurrent seizures without return to baseline. If the patient was seizing at home and still seizing when they get to the ED, consider it to …

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Pediatrics

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