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Electronic Cigarettes and Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

"The delayed phase consists of cns and respiratory depression, dyspnea, bradycardia, hypotension, shock, mydriasis, weakness, muscle paralysis, and coma"
We are very pleased to present you with this overview on the potential dangers of electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine from the toxicologists at UT Southwestern.

ultrasound

Hip Ultrasound and Arthrocentesis

"Emergency physicians with ultrasound training have been shown to be capable of visualizing effusions of the hip with a sensitivity between 80-85% and specificity between 98-100%"
Tyler Dschaak, MD provides a brief overview of hip ultrasound in the ED, including diagnosis of effusions and arthrocentesis.

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Asymptomatic Hypertension

"We should only intervene under very specific circumstances"
Asymptomatic hypertension in the ED: Should we be screening for end-organ damage? Should we intervene? Joshua Bucher, MD covers the 2013 ACEP Clinical Policy addressing these common questions.

From @EMSwami

Myths in DKA Management

"The bolus insulin group had longer lengths of stay and a 6-fold increase in hypoglycemic episodes"

Anand Swaminathan, MD MPH (@EMSwami) addresses urban legends in DKA management, including VBGs vs ABGs, when to replete potassium, bicarb administration, and insulin boluses.

Peds EM Morsels

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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Supraglottic Airway Review

"The LMA also serves as a well documented rescue device for 'can’t intubate, can’t ventilate' situations"
Daniel Ostermayer, MD compares the various extraglottic airway devices available for adult and pediatric patients.