We have discussed several entities that may lead to a child limping. We have covered osteomyelitis, plantar punctures, and toddler’s fractures. We have also touched upon Osgood Schlatter’s Disease, SCFE, osteosarcoma and even Growing Pains. Now let us review a topic that always crosses our minds when considering the painful extremity: Septic Arthritis.
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) is a serious complication of some critical illnesses. Patients are very ill and can present with a multitude of symptoms. While treatment of the underlying illness is key, there are some key interventions that can be initiated in the emergency department (ED). This is a brief review of the the underlying pathophysiology of DIC and the interventions that can be initiated in the ED.
The most uncomfortable patient in the ED at any given moment may often be the male presenting with priapism. Know what to do and he will thank you forever.
Free Open Access Medical Education has produced a revolution in EM education, with hundreds of blogs and podcasts. FOAMed allows providers to rapidly stay abreast of the literature, while improving patient care. This is the beginning of a series evaluating FOAMed resources for learners, depending on subject matter. Today’s post will evaluate electrocardiogram (ECG) resources.
A cesarean section preformed either during maternal cardiac arrest or during impending maternal cardiac arrest the primary goal of which is to increase the chance of successfully resuscitating the mother and, potentially, improving fetal survival.
Drug reactions are commonly managed in the ED. Approximately 90-95% of all drug rashes are “drug-induced exanthems”, or morbilliform or maculopapular drug eruptions. Widespread erythematous macules or papules appearing a week after drug exposure are usual. However, drug rash severity varies drastically. This post will cover conditions ranging from the simple drug rash to the deadly DRESS and TEN.
The elderly trauma patient: what should we be looking for and how can we improve? Read on for important pearls and pitfalls.
Bi-level ventilation is commonly used in patients with respiratory failure in the emergency department. This is a brief review of the indications for bi-level ventilation as well as a review of the complications of this popular ventilation/oxygenation method.