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Approach to Geriatric Patients: Functional Assessment in the ED

In Medical Concepts by Rob Woods18 Comments

The wave of baby boomers is coming to an ED near you and it’s time to get prepared [1]. ED overcrowding does not seem to be going away anytime soon, and anything we can do to get these patients back to the community is better for everyone. While not all 80 year olds have multiple medical problems (we have a spectrum bias based on what we see at work) it does not take many …

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#TipsforEMexams: Dr. Rob Woods shares his EM Exam Tips

In Mentorship, TipsForEMExams by Rob WoodsLeave a Comment

#TipsforEMexam Series In the last post of this series, I (Dr. Teresa Chan) nominated a few people to blog about their EM exam tips for final year residents sitting their exams this year.  Dr. Nadim Lalani of USask already added his tips in the comments, but I also formally nominated Drs. Rob Woods (#USask) & Heather Murray (#QueensU). I now present you our first respondent: *** Name:  Rob Woods, Survivor of the 2007 RC emergency …

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Basic Airway Assessment: It’s as easy as… 1-2-3?

In Medical Concepts by Rob Woods9 Comments

In medical school, many multiple-choice questions in the setting of an acutely ill patient have an option of “managing the ABC’s” and it is always the correct answer.  Unfortunately, saying “I would manage the ABCs as my first priority” is very different from actually knowing how to assess an airway, let alone managing abnormalities during a trauma resuscitation. If you think this is going to be some crazy airway blog post, think again.  …