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Tachycardic Arrhythmias in Pregnancy: Management

Cardiac arrhythmias are not common in pregnancy, but they can occur. While the workup and management is quite similar to the non-pregnant patient, there are subtle differences. This is a brief review of the ED management of unstable and stable tachycardic arrhythmias in pregnancy.

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Chronic Liver Disease and Hemostasis

Patients with chronic liver disease typically have elevated INRs and thromocytopenia. Thus, clinicians may believe that blood clots are not possible in this patient group. This is a brief review of hemostasis in liver disease and why blood clots can occur even with low platelet counts and elevated INRs.

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Hemolytic Anemias: Rare but Important Diagnosis in the Emergency Department

Hemolytic anemia is the premature destruction of RBCs, which can be classified as extrinsic or intrinsic, as well as acute or chronic. In particular, several conditions associated with these anemias can cause significant morbidity and mortality. The ED provider must focus on resuscitation, followed by recognition of the hemolytic process and initiation of appropriate therapy. This post will highlight an approach to evaluation and management of hemolytic anemias.

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Unstable Sepsis: Airway First? Not Always

Intubation, especially in the septic and critically ill patient, can, by itself, cause hemodynamic abnormalities and/or hypoxemia and hypercapnea. In some situations, it may be important to make sure that the patient is adequately prepared for intubation, both from hemodynamic and pre-oxygenation standpoints. This is a brief review of some suggestions when intubating the very ill patient in the emergency department.