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Medical Malpractice Insights: Ankylosing Spondylitis and Trauma

Here’s another case from Medical Malpractice Insights – Learning from Lawsuits, a monthly email newsletter for ED physicians. The goal of MMI-LFL is to improve patient safety, educate physicians, and reduce the cost and stress of medical malpractice lawsuits. To opt in to the free subscriber list, click here. Chuck Pilcher, MD, FACEP Editor, Med […]

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EM@3AM: Methemoglobinemia

A 42-year-old female with a past medical history of iron deficiency anemia presents to the ED with a peritonsillar abscess. You give 2 benzocaine sprays and successfully aspirate the abscess. As she is waiting for her discharge paperwork, the nurse alerts you that her oxygen saturation is now in the mid-80s. Repeat vitals in the room are as follows: BP 102/78, HR 102, O2 85%, RR 24. She has perioral cyanosis that was not seen on your initial exam. What is the diagnosis and best next step?