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How to Read and Make Statistical Process Charts – Part 1

In Education & Quality Improvement, HiQuiPs by Ahmed TaherLeave a Comment

You are attending your monthly ED business meeting. There has been a recent effort to decrease the time it takes a patient to be transferred to the imaging department for a STAT CT scan. The project team has concluded the first two PDSA cycles after wide stakeholder engagement, and a root cause analysis. Two interventions were carried out: one, redesigning the process for patient pick up and transport, and two, a new expedited …

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Case Report: Airway Management of Penetrating Neck Trauma in the Game of Thrones

In Case Series, Featured, Medical Concepts by Will WuLeave a Comment

Patient Presentation On a cold winter’s day in Winterfell, a middle-aged man by the name of Lord Baelish was stood in front of the Northern and Vale lords to answer for his crimes. His cunning and deceitful nature nature has finally led to his demise. After taking back the North from Lord Ramsay Bolton, Lady Sansa Stark was prepared to punish Lord Baelish for years of lies, betrayals, and murders. Lady Arya of …

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Priapism Case Report: Robert De Niro’s Hard Situation in “Little Fockers”.

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CASE PRESENTATION: Jack Byrnes, a 62-year-old Caucasian male, presented to the ER with a persistent, painful, 8-hour erection following the off-label use of Sustengo, a novel PDE5 inhibitor. Jack reports that he found a box of Sustengo samples among his son-in-law’s belongings and decided to try one. When his son-in-law discovered what had happened, he urged Jack to go to the ER. Jack refused and insisted that his son-in-law, a nurse, manage the …

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How to Present a Case in the Emergency Department

In Education & Quality Improvement, Infographics, Mentorship by Sophie RamsdenLeave a Comment

Presenting a case in the ED is important for a number of reasons. Not only does better communication result in better patient care, but it’s also a great learning opportunity and your chance as a clerk to impress your attending. Presenting a case well conveys your level of knowledge and understanding to an attending, which allows them to accurately assess and teach to your weaknesses. It also illustrates that you can create a …

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Identifying presentations of opioid poisoning as an opportunity for meaningful intervention

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A 24-year-old woman is brought to the emergency department (ED) after being discovered with a decreased level of consciousness in a local mall bathroom. Two doses of intranasal naloxone were administered on-site by bystanders. After receiving naloxone, her LOC improved, though she was still mildly sedated upon arrival to the ED. After 1-2 hours in the ED, she is alert and reported using 0.5g of smoked fentanyl prior to the episode. You learn …