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Identifying a Trafficked Patient in the Emergency Room

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Editor’s Note: February 22 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Today, CanadiEM is featuring a pair of posts with important takes on this issue. A young woman presents to the emergency department with pelvic pain. She’s accompanied by her boyfriend who insists he come into the exam room and tries to provide the history for the patient, stating that she doesn’t remember things well. The patient makes poor eye contact and defers questions …

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The AHA 2020 “Top 10 Changes” Project: CPR & ECC Guidelines Infographic Series

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Cardiac Arrest: What Is It All About? Cardiac arrest is one of the most polarizing things we face in Emergency Medicine. The reality of its morbidity and mortality really juxtaposes the moment of joy where you ~finally~ get that pulse back! Thanks to the efforts of organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), ongoing research into resuscitation and the ACLS algorithm continue to improve …

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PEM Pearls 03: Non Accidental Trauma pt. 2

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Welcome back to PEM Pearls: the CanadiEM Infographic Series focused on providing approaches and high-yield pearls for important pediatric EM topics! This is part 2 of our 2 part Non-Accidental Trauma posts. Today we will be discussing the workup, investigations, and management for potential non-accidental trauma cases.​1​ There are a variety of goals of care that emergency physicians should perform when managing a potential non-accidental trauma case. In short, remember to treat, record, …

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PEM Pearls 02: Non-Accidental Trauma pt. 1

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Welcome back to PEM Pearls: the CanadiEM Infographic Series focused on providing approaches and high-yield pearls for important pediatric EM topics! This is part 1 of our 2 part Non-Accidental Trauma posts. Today we will be discussing the history, physical exam, and differential diagnosis considerations for potential non-accidental trauma cases.​1​ Physical child abuse is a frequently missed emergency department presentation. It is most common in children aged 6 months or younger, although it …

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2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Systems of Care

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This year, the American Heart Association (AHA) released the updated 2020 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care; the first major update to the internationally recognized guideline in five years. CanadiEM and the AHA came together to create an infographic which summarizes the new updates pertaining to the Systems of Care.  Here are the top 10 things you should know!  Over 350,000 EMS-assessed cardiac arrests and 209,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually …

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Tiny Tips: Pediatric Airway Anatomy Considerations

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Intubation in children is an uncommon but high-risk procedure in the emergency department.​1​ The incidence of adverse events during intubation is high, particularly desaturation and hypotension.1 Thus, pediatric airway management is an important and lifesaving skill. The pediatric airway has significant anatomical differences from an adult. To remember these variations, consider the mnemonic “CHILD”.   How is it different? How do we change management? Cricoid​2​ Narrowest portion of airway. Risk of subglottic stenosis. …