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Addiction Medicine in the Emergency Department: A Needs Assessment Survey of Emergency Medicine Providers

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In the Emergency Department, we frequently care for patients with substance use disorders. With visits increasing and an opioid crisis, providing high quality care for patients struggling with substance use disorder has never been more important. As Emergency Medicine providers we have a unique opportunity for intervention, as many of our patients are faced with barriers to accessing primary care. Despite the importance of this topic, many Emergency Medicine providers feel they don’t have …

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Artificial intelligence in emergency medicine: beyond the hype

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During a busy night shift, you are reading a series of chest X-rays when you overhear a colleague remark, “This will all be replaced by computers soon, anyways”. You think back to a few Tweets on artificial intelligence in medicine and wonder if her comment has merit.   There has been so much hype about the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in recent years, much of which is optimistic and some of which is …

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FrontlineEM Primer: Human Trafficking

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Management It is important to remember that our job as physicians is to determine if someone is at risk of being trafficked and then to facilitate connections to an interdisciplinary team and resources. It is not our responsibility to determine if someone meets the legal definition of trafficking and use only this as a measure of whether or not treatment and interventions are required.    Step 1: Identification of Red Flags The following list …

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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, …