Out now! Myths in Emergency Medicine debunks and documents the history and facts behind the most pervasive and common myths in Emergency Medicine.
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As winter is upon those in the United States, make sure you are treating your patients with pneumonia using the appropriate antibiotics. Outpatient treatment is divided among those with significant comorbidities and those without. The inpatient regimens distinguish between hospital associated, community acquired and those requiring the ICU.… Read more
One of the newest drugs available to some EM provider is Sugammadex. Trade name, Bridion, the drug functions as a reversal agent for Rocuronium. An IV bolus of 16 mg/kg over 10 seconds via a central or peripheral line will reverse a single 1.2 mg/kg dose of rocuronium in approximately 3 minutes. Although rarely used in the emergent setting, keep the dose in the back of your mind or reference on the WikEM app just incase you need to order it.… Read more
Neonatal jaundice is one of the most common reason for newborns to return the hospital. There are many risk factors and causes, with the most important piece of the workup being distinguishing direct vs indirect hyperbilirubinemia. Indirect hyperbilirubinemia can point towards a usually benign cause with breast feeding, breast milk and physiologic jaundice being the most common causes and present within the first 4-7 days of life. Useful tools for risk stratification include the Bilitool for evaluating need for phototherapy.… Read more
Pepper (oleoresin capsicum) spray is a commonly used riot-control and violence suppressive agent. It was first used by Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel in the US in 1973. Commonly encountered effects include conjunctivitis, blepharospasm, and self induced corneal abrasions. Early decontamination minimizes the irritant effects. Although the majority of the uses do not cause life threatening clinical effects many patients in custody or after exposure present to the Emergency Room. This wiki page will help you navigate the patient who just got Maced!… Read more