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Should Ketamine be Used for Trauma Analgesia?

In All Posts, Medical Concepts by Casey PetrieLeave a Comment

Case Description: A 21-year-old male presents to your emergency department via EMS after suffering a motorcycle accident.  He was travelling at approximately 80 km/h when he lost control of his vehicle and slid into a median.  He has an open fracture of his left tibia and fibula, but bleeding is controlled, and his left foot is neurovascularly intact.  Despite receiving 10mg of intravenous morphine given by paramedics, he is screaming in pain and …

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The Problem with Mandatory Wellness

In Commentary, Featured, Opinion by Alex SengerLeave a Comment

Introduction “Medical School is bad for your health” – a direct quote from orientation on my very first day of classes. Along with this statement came a myriad of statistics highlighting the risk of burnout, depression, anxiety, and suicide for medical students, residents, and physicians. My excitement for my first day started to be replaced by a feeling that I was not so comfortable with, like catching a fish that is too big …

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SHoC-ED2: Ultrasound and ECG findings as predictors of cardiac arrest outcomes in the emergency department

In Infographics, Medical Concepts by Simon HuangLeave a Comment

This month CanadiEM is featuring an article from the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine that looks at the use of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) and ECG findings in emergency department (ED) cardiac arrest patients. While current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) protocols do not mandate the use of echocardiography, cardiac PoCUS is increasingly being used in ED cardiopulmonary resuscitation1,2. Studies have shown that an absence of cardiac activity on ultrasound is associated with a …

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CRACKCast E208 – Headache

In CRACKCast, Featured, Podcast by Dillan RadomskeLeave a Comment

This updated episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s Chapter 017, Headache (9th Ed.). Headache is an exceedingly common ED presentation with a multitude of possible causes. This podcast will help you to keep your differentials broad by breaking down the not so bad, the bad and the ugly of headaches. Shownotes – PDF here Rosen’s in Perspective Alright, y’all – let’s get back into another episode of CRACKCast with another headache provoking case: You …

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ClerkCast Episode 1: Introduction to the ED

In Podcast by Lauren BealsLeave a Comment

Welcome to ClerkCast! ClerkCast is a new medical education podcast written by medical students for medical students, designed to help new learners excel in the ED. Each episode covers an approach to a common ED presentation, and walks you through a case the same way you would on shift. We’ve got 10 high-yield topics coming your way on everything from chest pain to trauma, so stay tuned for some great content! We also …