Category Name: perspectives


Exercise-Induced Emergencies in the Heat: Rhabdomyolysis & Exertional Heat Stroke

With the increasing popularity of high-intensity exercise regimens, visits to the Emergency Department among otherwise young and healthy individuals may be more common. The majority of metabolic abnormalities that occur after an extreme exercise event, whether a marathon or a new high-intensity exer...


emDocs Wellness: Physician Burnout

Burnout is a issue that remains a problem for physicians of all specialties. This is a general overview burnout, how to measure it, and a brief discussion on potential solutions. Future articles will further address solutions to burnout and how employers and hospitals can take measures toward prevention and treatment.


emDocs Wellness: A Growing Issue

This is an introduction to a new series on emDocs, a discussion on wellness. The goal is to introduce the topic, discuss why it is important and how we all can take measure to improve the mental, emotional and physical health of physicians.

In the Literature

Contrast-Induced Nephropathy: Confounding Causation

A great deal of controversy surrounds the association of IV contrast with acute renal injury. However, a recent study suggests this association is myth rather than fact. This post by Dr. Sinert evaluates this new study and the importance of confounders.


Cervical Collars for C-Spine Trauma: The Facts

Based on the available data, it does not appear that cervical collars have any appreciable positive effect on patient care. However, at this point in time, they are the recommended treatment option. Hopefully this knowledge will help your daily practice by understanding the effects of cervical immobilization.


Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Sit on the qSOFA: A pathophysiologic approach to qSOFA

The last few months have seen an enormous amount of controversy in the press, in the FOAMsphere, and in our ED hallways regarding the new consensus sepsis definition. The goal of this post is not to rehash the strengths and weaknesses of Sepsis 3, but rather to explore the pathophysiologic basis of ...