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Does IV contrast cause renal failure?

We hear about contrast-induced nephropathy all the time. We tell patients about it. We often need their consent. Radiology calls us to make sure administering contrast is okay. But is it as bad as we think? How do we proceed?

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Hypothermia and Drowning Pearls

Winter is coming...well maybe not yet, but you never know when you will see your next drowning or hypothermic patient will enter your ED, so be prepared! Check out the latest pearls on hypothermia and drowning!

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Post-Tonsillectomy Hemorrhage

We know that all bleeding eventually stops: ideally, by means that we have imposed rather than by exhaustion of the patient’s RBC resources. We also know that the easiest, and often most efficacious, way to halt bleeding is to put some manual pressure on the source of bleeding. Well, that isn’t always so easy to accomplish. How do you put your finger on a bleeding tonsil?


Intern Report Collection

To kick off your weekend reading pleasure, here’s another batch of our monthly excellent write-ups from the EM interns at UT Southwestern (@DallasEMed) courtesy of Alex Koyfman (@EMHighAK) . Our ongoing intern report series is the product of first-year residents exploring clinical questions they have found to be particularly intriguing, with an intended audience of med students & junior residents. Enjoy!

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Pediatric Back Pain

Pediatric patient with back pain? Those of us who take care of adults also know all too well the complaint of Back Pain and are comfortable looking for the Red Flags of serious etiologies of that complaint. Back pain in the pediatric ED is definitely not as prevalent as the adult ED, but actually warrants some additional concern. Thanks to Sean M. Fox, MD (@PedEMMorsels) for this great post!