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ImageSim: Building Competency For Visually Diagnosed Tests in Emergency Medicine

In Knowledge Translation, Medical Concepts by Kathy BoutisLeave a Comment

Visually diagnosed medical tests (e.g. radiographs, electrocardiograms) are the most commonly ordered tests in front-line medicine. As such, front-line health care professionals are faced with the task of learning the skill of interpreting these images to an expert performance level by the time they provide opinions that guide patient management decisions. However, discordant interpretations of these images between front-line physicians and expert counterparts (radiologists, cardiologists) are a common cause of medical error1–9. In …

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Practicing emergency medicine in New Zealand: A Canadian’s perspective

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Dr. Rob Woods is a well known Emergency Physician and program director for the FRCPC Emergency Medicine Program at the University of Saskatchewan, who recently practiced emergency medicine in New Zealand on a one-year sabbatical. Here, he provides us some with answers to many questions he has been getting, insights into the country, lifestyle and medicine from abroad.  Why did you go to New Zealand? We also thought it would be great for …

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Choosing Wisely: Distal Radius Buckle Fractures

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The dogmas of the past are now being challenged for the most common minor pediatric fractures, distal radius buckle fractures and minor distal fibular fractures. Since these fractures are stable and have an excellent prognosis, they do not need to be routinely immobilized in a cast nor followed by an orthopedic surgeon. This article reviews the evidence that recommends that management of the distal radius buckle fracture. Distal Radius Buckle Fractures Buckle fractures …

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CAEP FEI | Preparing for High Acuity Events – Stress Inoculation Training

In Education & Quality Improvement, Featured Education Innovations (FEI) by Chris HicksLeave a Comment

Raj is a first year resident who overhears that a trauma patient is being brought into the resuscitation bay. He races over and sees several people moving urgently to set up the room. The paramedics bring the patient into the room and quickly start telling him the history. Raj can feel the stress building within him and feels paralyzed and indecisive. After the shift, he wonders if there is a way for his training …