Rheumatoid Arthritis: Management and Complications in the ED

Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive systemic polyarticular inflammatory arthritis of unclear etiology. While the disease itself is not fatal, complications of the disease make it the most common rheumatic disease requiring ICU admission. This article covers the management of this disease and its complications in the ED.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Common Complications and Emergency Medicine Pearls

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause with multi-organ involvement. The disease causes uncontrolled activation of the immune system with widespread inflammation manifested by vague and varied symptoms. A variety of organ systems are affected. This post evaluates the evaluation and management of the lupus patient in the ED.

Post-intubation analgesia/sedation regimens in ED: Pearls & Pitfalls

Intubation is an important intervention in the ED. We see a critical or impending airway problem and we secure the airway with intubation–very satisfying! Yet our job does not stop there. In addition to maintaining an appropriate ventilation strategy after intubation, it is crucial that we use appropriate post-intubation sedation and analgesia regimens for the continued care of these critical patients. This post will review sedation and analgesia regimens for different clinical scenarios after intubation, as well as some common pitfalls that we must be diligent to avoid.

The Controversies of Corticosteroids in Sepsis

Sepsis is a condition emergency providers manage daily and has the potential for high morbidity and mortality. Sepsis management requires rapid diagnosis, early administration of intravenous (IV) fluids with broad-spectrum antimicrobials, and source control. But what is the role for steroids in sepsis? What are the potential benefits and risks? This post will explore the evidence surrounding corticosteroids in sepsis management to help shed some light on this controversial topic.

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