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When is Capnography Useful in the ED? Part II

Welcome to Part II of capnography uses in the ED. Capnography is increasingly being utilized in the ED, primarily for endotracheal intubation, cardiac arrest, and procedural sedation. This post will introduce you to several other uses for capnography.


EM@3AM – Electrical Injuries

A 34-year-old male presents to the emergency department following a "shock" to the hand. Per the patient, while installing a ceiling fan thirty minutes prior to arrival, he experienced the sudden onset of severe pain in his right hand when it made contact with an exposed wire. He is currently asymptomatic. Is an evaluation warranted? Let's take a look at this week's review of electrical injuries.


EM@3AM – Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS)

A 32-year-old female, with a history of rheumatoid arthritis (methotrexate therapy), presents to the emergency department for severe itching, mouth ulcers, and a diffuse rash. The patient denies recent travel, sick contacts, and new exposures. Review of systems is positive for abscess/cellulitis treatment (cephalexin and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole) three weeks prior to arrival. What diagnosis should be on your differential? Take a minute to read this week's review of DRESS.