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Pain Profiles

Pain Profiles: Intravenous Lidocaine for Intractable Renal Colic Unresponsive to Standard Therapy

emDocs is proud to present a new series by Dr. David Cisewski evaluating pain management in the emergency department. One of our most important roles in the ED is not only resuscitation and risk stratification, but treating pain. This series is here to help! Today's post evaluates the use of IV lidocaine in renal colic.


EM@3AM: Acute COPD Exacerbation

A 58-year-old male presents with severe shortness of breath, productive cough, and decreased ability to ambulate at home. He has COPD and is on oxygen at home. Several days ago he noted worsening congestion, myalgias, and cough. He is now severely short of breath and unable to complete his activities of daily living. He is hypoxemic and tachypneic. You hear decreased air movement bilaterally and distal wheezes. What's the next step in your evaluation and treatment?


The EM Educator Series: Bleeding until proven otherwise…

Welcome back to the EM Educator Series. These posts provide brief mini-cases followed by key questions to consider while working. The featured questions provide important learning points for those working with you, as well as vital items to consider in the evaluation and management of the specific condition discussed. This week we have a case where you should assume bleeding until proven otherwise.

practice updates

2018 AHA/ASA Ischemic Stroke Updates

With all the new stroke literature, how can you keep track of everything? Fortunately, the AHA/ASA recently published the 2018 ischemic strokes guidelines. This post provides emergency medicine-focused highlights of the updated guidelines.