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TREKK Series | Diabetic Ketoacidosis

In Guidelines, Medical Concepts by Ashley Lubberdink0 Comments

Mark is a 7-year old boy who was brought into the ED by his mom who noticed he has been more fatigued than usual over the past day. Three days ago, he had rhinorrhea and a cough, and since then has been complaining of generalized abdominal pain, nausea, 2 episodes of nonbloody, nonbilious emesis today, and increased thirst. He is otherwise healthy, takes no medications, has no allergies, has up to date immunizations …

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CAEP FEI | Critical Incident Stress Management

In Featured Education Innovations (FEI) by Andrew Dixon0 Comments

Glenn is an Emergency Department RN who has basically seen it all through his fifteen years of practice. One day, a teenager is rolled into the trauma bay in cardiac arrest after a horrific car crash. Despite the team’s best efforts, the resuscitation fails and the teenager dies. Afterwards, Glenn is shaken and wants to talk. The trauma team leader organizes a debrief but doesn’t seem like she knows what to say, and there’s …

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QI Series Part 1 | What is Quality Improvement?

In Education & Quality Improvement by Shawn.Mondoux0 Comments

As physicians involved in Quality Improvement (QI) work, we are often asked by colleagues  and learners, “What is QI exactly?”  And this makes sense, given that few resources exist for those unfamiliar with the concepts and goals of QI.  Here, we hope to provide any health-care professional with the introductory knowledge to better understand how and why QI became so important in healthcare, and what this means for the future of health-care delivery. …

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Congratulations to Sameer Sharif, 2017 Essentials of EM / CanadiEM Fellow!

In Featured by Brent Thoma1 Comment

On behalf of the CanadiEM and Essentials of Emergency Medicine teams, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Fellowship contest is Dr. Sameer Sharif! Sameer is a 3rd year resident in the FRCPC Emergency Medicine program at McMaster University. His submission, entitled ß-Blockers for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation in Cardiac Arrest was rated highly by all three of the Editors who reviewed it. Beyond being well written, appropriately referenced, and interesting, …