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practice updates

Dengue Fever

"Hundreds of thousands of cases of hemorrhagic fever yearly"Kyle Brown, MD discusses dengue (aka "breakbone") fever in this detailed review, including characteristics of high-risk patients, criteria for making the diagnosis clinically, and current treatment recommendations.

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Ventricular Assist Device Management

"Some will not have a palpable pulse, and unfortunately, manual BP cannot be obtained. In addition, pulse oximetry is unreliable"No pulse? No problem! Manpreet Singh, MD covers a stepwise approach to troubleshooting ventricular assist device complications in the emergency department.

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Novel Anticoagulants and Bleeding in the Emergency Department

"Balance between bleeding and thrombosis"Novel medications like dabigatran and rivaroxaban are increasingly being used to treat patients requiring anticoagulation, but management of bleeding can be a real challenge. Jake Rabe, MD discusses recent trials and reversal strategies.

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Blast Injuries

"The clinical picture is a mix of ARDS and air embolism"Zara Mathews, MD covers the subject of blast injuries, including a review of the basics, important updates in the workup of these patients (for example, tympanic membrane rupture is not a great predictor of injury), and common pitfalls in management.

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Bath Salts

"Psychosis that can last for days to weeks"Unless your patient on bath salts is very forthcoming, you may be on your own when making this clinical diagnosis. Be prepared with this primer on cathinones by Kyle Brown, MD.