Category Name: Peds EM Morsels

clinical cases

The Scary Airway Series Part II: Mastering Obesity, Peds, and Burns

We’ve all heard it at one point or another: “Man, I’d HATE to have to intubate THAT!” Typically, this sentence is used to describe a patient in an ominous, sphincter-tightening situation, or the patient with the obviously suboptimal airway. You walk by the door to the Resuscitation Bay or T...

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Options to Intravenous Fluids

IO Placement: "Should be done without hesitation in a child who lacks easily obtainable IV access and signs of poor perfusion"Placing an IV in a sick pediatric patient can be a real challenge. Fortunately, there are options! Thanks to Sean M. Fox, MD (@PedEMMorsels) for this gem with significant clinical relevance.

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Delayed Diagnosis of Kawasaki Disease

"Set an alarm that gets your attention anytime someone presents with 'fever for 5 days'"Sean M. Fox, MD (@PedEMMorsels) with some excellent tips on recognizing factors putting your pediatric patients at risk for delayed diagnosis of Kawasaki Disease, including the more challenging to diagnose "incomplete" form of the disease.

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Subtle Signs of Pediatric Heart Failure

"Dyspnea / tachypnea in conjunction with abdominal pain (hepatomegaly) warrants consideration of acute heart failure as much as the kid presenting in overt shock"Sean M. Fox, MD (from the great discusses signs, symptoms, and mimics of heart failure in children.

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Rapid MRI for VP Shunt Evaluation

"Patients with hydrocephalus will have nearly 4 scans per year during childhood"For evaluation of VP shunts in children, the cost and study duration a rapid MRI is closer to CT than you might think (and without the ionizing radiation!). Best of all, the evidence comes from studies performed with pop...