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EM@3AM – Diarrhea

An 8-year-old male presents to the ED for 9 days of watery diarrhea. The patient's mother reports the onset of his symptoms following a family vacation to Mexico. Do you prescribe antibiotics? Read this week's review for helpful hints.

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Is vancomycin/zosyn the answer for everything?

The combination of vancomycin and zosyn is commonly utilized in the ED for a variety of infections. However, recent literature suggests this combo may not always be needed. When should you use vanc/zosyn, and when is it not needed? This post will provide a background on the medications and evaluate indications for treatment and potential problems with their use.

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Must Know Antimicrobial Regimens – Adults

There are certain diseases we see every day in the ED, including pneumonia, UTI, and cellulitis. A variety of antimicrobials exists, but what are the regimens that you must know for treating common infections in the ED? This post evaluates your "must know" regimens for treatment.

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Evaluation of Fever in the Emergency Department

The patient with fever in the ED is a common occurrence. There are many etiologies for fever including non-infectious and infectious causes, some life-threatening. This post is full of pearls and pitfalls in the evaluation and management of patients with fever in the ED.