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EM@3AM: Epistaxis

A 62-year-old male presents holding a bloody wash cloth pinched over his nose spitting blood into a coffee mug.  His wife walks in behind him with a grocery bag full of medications.  Among them you recognize a common blood thinner. What is the diagnosis, and what are your next steps?

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Strep Throat Mimics: Pearls & Pitfalls

Pharyngitis accounts for a large number of Emergency Department and Urgent Care visits each year. The majority of cases are due to a viral etiology, and Group A Beta-hemolytic streptococcus accounts for 15% to 30% of cases. However, a wide array of diseases may present similarly, with several of these potentially life-threatening. This post looks at these mimics and more.

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Facial Nerve Blocks

The patient with facial pain/injury can present significant challenges for analgesia. Facial nerve blocks present an avenue for great analgesia without compromising wound appearance/repair. What are the pearls and pitfalls for these blocks?