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Behind the scenes – Answering the call to action through “COVID-19 Made Simple”

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Simplifying the “Information overload” COVID-19 has affected many aspects of our society, including patterns of information seeking. Emerging evidence suggests that the initial attention to COVID-19 news is usually short-lived.​1​ One possible reason may be the overwhelming amount of information surrounding COVID-19, through various news and social media channels. The information overload has been paired with myriad of misinformation. We found our families and friends troubled over having to navigate multiple news media platforms …

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Interpreting Critical Vital Signs

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Vital signs are amongst the first pieces of patient information available to you in the acute setting. They play a role in many of the decisions we make in emergency medicine.  Unfortunately, vital signs can be influenced by a number of factors and there are many situations in which vital signs are less than reliable. Abnormal vital signs can be an indicator of an underlying pathology, a variant due to medication, or a …

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Hip Nerve Block Toolkit

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This post about how to perform a hip nerve block was created as part of the 2020 Manitoba Emergency Medicine Research Day 2.0 FOAMed competition. The authors have no disclosures of funding or conflicts of interest. Having a healthy understanding of regional anesthesia changes the game in Emergency Medicine. Whether you are relocating joints, fishing glass out of heels, or providing analgesia for painful fractures, depending less on narcotics and procedural sedation can …

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Requesting Consults in the Emergency Department

In All Posts, Education & Quality Improvement, Knowledge Translation, Mentorship by Julia HeightonLeave a Comment

You are halfway through your very first Emergency Medicine shift. You have a 23 year old male patient who appears to be a slam dunk for acute appendicitis – he has symptoms that are consistent with the presentation, pain on palpation at McBurney’s point, a high white count, and CT findings of appendicitis. Your staff is being pulled in a thousand different directions, and asks you if you feel comfortable calling General Surgery …