HiQuiPs: Sim to Win

In HiQuiPs by Jamie RiggsLeave a Comment

It’s a night shift, quieter than usual, though you wouldn’t say so out loud. As if the thought is enough to tempt fate, EMS rolls by. You got no patch, no heads up. “Car accident, just outside the hospital,” a paramedic calls as the patient is transferred onto the trauma stretcher. All you hear are unintelligible moans. All you see is blood streaming from a severely injured face. But the team’s already working, …

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Call for Junior Editors, Class of 2021-22!

In Mentorship by Daniel TingLeave a Comment

We are pleased to announce that CanadiEM is now accepting applications for our Junior Editor program! If you are interested in learning more about Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) or becoming part of our virtual community of practice,​1​ this program is for you. The application process deadline is June 30, 2021. What are Junior Editors? The role of a Junior Editor is very flexible. The main task is copy-editing and uploading article …

Root Cause Analysis in the Time of COVID-19:

In Education & Quality Improvement, Featured Education Innovations (FEI), HiQuiPs by Tayler YoungLeave a Comment

You are midway through a busy rapid response shift where you have noticed an increased response time of the hospital’s intubating teams to decompensating patients. Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted restructuring of the use of many spaces to accommodate the influx of patients. You understand that the system is overwhelmed but you are optimistic that you can optimize the interprofessional team’s response times. This sets off a new …

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What is the role of POCUS to differentiate between cellulitis and abscess?

In Clinical Questions, Medical Concepts by Justin HsuLeave a Comment

A 30-year-old male presents to the ER with right forearm redness, swelling and pain. On exam, you are unsure whether this infection represents cellulitis or abscess. You wonder if point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be helpful. Superficial soft tissue infections are a common ED presentation. Cellulitis appears as an area of erythema, edema and tenderness. An abscess is suspected when a discrete fluctuant mass is palpated within the infected tissue. However, relying on these …