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Tiny Tips: SALTR for Pediatric Growth-plate Fractures

In Tiny Tips by Larissa HattinLeave a Comment

Up to one half of all children’s visits to the ED are orthopedic in nature [1]. Of these visits, approximately 35% are fractures that involve the growth plate, or physis, of a developing bone [2]. ED physicians must be familiar with the Salter-Harris classification system, which is the most commonly used system [3] for describing growth plate fractures. An easy mnemonic to remember the fracture type and description is SALTR:   References Thornton …

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Alcohol related diseases

In Medical Concepts by Shahbaz SyedLeave a Comment

The intoxicated patient is commonplace in the Emergency Department (ED), typically there is little clinical concern with these patients, and they are set up for the “breakfast plan”; to discharge them home once they are conversing and ambulating normally. These patients, however, have the potential to have significant alcohol related diseases are often under-diagnosed and under-recognized, and we seek to discuss when the ED physician should investigate these patients further. Alcoholic Ketoacidosis Alcoholic ketoacidosis (AKA) is …

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An open letter to ER nurses

In Editorial, Opinion by Shahbaz Syed2 Comments

I would like to think that we do a reasonable job recognizing and acknowledging nurses for all of the hard work that they do, compassion, caring nature and dedication to their work. We often talk about what nurses do for patients and their positive impact upon the healthcare system, but as we enter the busy holiday season, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon their contribution and influence on my life as an …

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Defining a Specialty: What is an emergency physician?

In National by Edmund Kwok1 Comment

In January of this year, the Canadian Association of Emergency Medicine (CAEP) released a position statement on Emergency Medicine Definitions (go ahead, have a read). The statement provided explicit definitions of what the specialty of EM encompasses, as well as what should constitute an EM physician or specialist, and led to very strong and polarized responses from the EM community. So polarizing, in fact, that CAEP had to promptly post a “we’ll get back …

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CAEP GeMES | Those Who Can, Do and They Teach Too: Faculty Clinical Productivity and Teaching

In Great Evidence in Medical education Summary (GEMeS), National by Warren Cheung2 Comments

Valerie is always irked by the layman’s expression, “Those who can’t do, teach.” In her experience, she has found that the great clinical teachers seem to be more engaged in the academic community and are invested in patient education. Indeed, Valerie finds that any additional time they spend with students or patients is well worth it. On the other hand, her friend Hugo points out that this extra time spent means the teachers aren’t as …