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The CCEDRRN COVID Mortality Score

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Emergency Departments see critically ill patients with COVID-19. Families and care providers often have to make immediate management decisions about whether or not to intubate hypoxic patients. That decision has substantial downstream implications for patients and the health system. For patients a course of mechanical ventilation is commonly prolonged (average 13 days), and fraught with long-term sequelae, and often does not prevent death. Intubation takes patients’ ability to eat, speak and communicate with …

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PoCUS Previews 01: Intro to PoCUS

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Welcome to PoCUS Previews; CanadiEM’s newest infographic series!  Ultrasound (US) is an imaging modality that uses high frequency soundwaves and their reflection to produce real time images of various structures within the human body. In Emergency Medicine, small portable US machines can be used to gain an abundance of clinical insight that can ultimately aid in diagnosis. However, generating and interpreting these images can be quite challenging. PoCUS Previews aims to simplify Point …

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Hyperthermic Conditions in the Psychiatric Patient

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A 32 year-old female presents to your Emergency Department one afternoon with the presenting complaint of altered level of consciousness.  On examination you find her to be agitated and confused, as well as tachycardic and febrile at 39.5o C.  Collateral history from EMS is negative for any substance misuse.  When reviewing her chart, you find that she has recently been started on Risperidone for her schizoaffective disorder… Fever vs Hyperthermia It is important …

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Tox in 10: Anticholinergics

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Welcome to “Tox in 10,” a new infographic series that exposes learners to medical toxicology topics that they can absorb in 10 minutes or less! This series is meant to introduce medical students and junior residents to the wonderful field of toxicology in an easy-to-reference-to manner! Each infographic covers the basics of the principles of toxicity, clinical features, diagnostic testing, management, and disposition that is associated with a specific toxic substance or toxidrome.​1​ …

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Diagnosing Acute Aortic Syndrome: A Canadian Clinical Practice Guideline Infographic

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Acute aortic syndrome (AAS) is a rare but time-dependent emergency, with a linear mortality increase of 2% per hour of diagnostic delay. It is also difficult to diagnose, with a miss rate of 25% and misdiagnosis rates up to 38%. The gold standard for AAS diagnosis is CT imaging. Although CT imaging is readily available in most EDs, it is impractical to CT scan every patient presenting with chest pain for a multitude …