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The (real) battle against strep throat

In Commentary, Opinion by Edmund Kwok2 Comments

In the past week, there has been some national buzz  around: “Why strep throat is causing serious complications, from amputations to death”. This is quite a headline, especially for those in the emergency medicine community who are moving more and more towards a practice of not routinely treating strep pharyngitis with antibiotics. I can already picture some of our patients rushing to the ER at the first sign of a sore throat, with a …

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Case Series: Hindsight is always the sharpest – Penetrating trauma

In Case Series, Medical Concepts by James Powell0 Comments

The Case A 17-year-old female was transported to the Emergency Department (ED) by helicopter after a high speed, single vehicle motor vehicle collision. She was found unrestrained by paramedics, with an initial Glasgow Coma Scale of 14, but during extrication she became more agitated and confused. Subsequently she complained of dyspnea and became hypotensive. She was intubated prior to transport for her deteriorating mental status. The patient received 3 litres of crystalloid along …

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Key Clerkship Skills: Help us to identify them!

In Education & Quality Improvement, Mentorship by Tahsin Khan0 Comments

Editor’s note: The CanadiEM team believes that it was import to consult stakeholders when developing new content. The bleeding and clotting needs assessment that we conducted previously has been completed and we will soon be publishing content directed at meeting the needs that we identified.  This post contains a needs assessment directed at the most junior members of the EM family – our clinical clerks. It is very short! (What you see below is all you have …