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CORE EM: Adrenal Crisis

Adrenal insufficiency is a life-threatening emergency - learn to recognize it early and treat aggressively! Check out this amazing post via CORE EM!

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CORE EM: Peri-Mortem C-Section

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.

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CORE EM: Aortic Dissection

Aortic dissection may occur in any location along the aorta and therefore the range of presentations is broad. Many AD patients do not fit the textbook presentation.

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R.E.B.E.L. EM – Xanthochromia Detection: Visual Inspection vs. Spectrophotometry

An LP gives providers the ability to perform CSF analysis for red blood cells and detect xanthochromia by visual inspection or spectrophotometry. In most of the world, including the United States, the predominant approach to identifying xanthochromia is visual detection. However, this technique is subjective and considered unreliable by many. Spectrophotometry is a more objective test but, has lower specificity, carries a higher cost and is unavailable in the majority of hospitals.

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CORE EM: Pharmacology of Insulins

Insulin was first licensed for human use in 1922. Since then, numerous formulations with various similar names have been produced and marketed. Because the names of the different drugs are often very similar (novolin vs novolog), it can difficult for emergency providers to keep all of the agents straight. In this post, we discuss the categories of insulins, the nomenclature and the pharmacokinetics of the most commonly used agents.