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CORE EM: Fluid Resuscitation

How do you evaluate patient response to IV fluid resuscitation? This post from CORE EM and Dr. Swaminathan provides an overview of fluid responsiveness.


EM@3AM: Post Cardiac Arrest Care

A 42-year-old male is brought in by EMS with ventricular fibrillation. You are finally able to obtain ROSC, though the patient remains comatose. What are your next steps? This week's EM@3AM covers post cardiac arrest care.

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Sepsis Biomarkers: What’s New?

Sepsis is a common disease, but sometimes, we need some assistance with the diagnosis and resuscitation of these patients. Can biomarkers help us, or are we wasting time using these measures? What's wrong with just the time-honored history and exam?

practice updates

The Thromboelastogram (TEG®): A Five-Minute Primer for the Emergency Physician

Thromboelastography is a mechanism of assessing coagulation based upon the viscoelastic properties of whole blood, and when compared to other coagulation assessments, this test allows for an assessment of near real-time, in-vivo clotting capacity. The point-of-care assay, which uses graphic interpretation of thromboelastography (the TEG), offers the opportunity for an expedited assessment of coagulopathies (thrombocytopenia, factor deficiency, heparin effect, hypofibrinogenemia, and hyperfibrinolysis). How can you use this modality in the ED? This post is full of pearls on interpreting TEG.