EM/IM Sessions

EM/IM Sessions: Coronary CTA vs Stress Testing

Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography vs Functional Stress Testing for Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Foy, Andrew J, et al.  JAMA Internal Medicine 2017. [paper] Why I chose this study Everything is still new and shiny as an intern, even acute chest pain. If the story is good and the

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EM/IM Sessions: HOPPE Score for Low-Risk Pulmonary Embolism

Derivation and Validation of a Novel Prediction Model to Identify Low-Risk Patients With Acute Pulmonary Embolism Subramanian, M. et al. The American Journal of Cardiology 2017. [paper] Why I chose this study The topic of discharging patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) came up in conversation recently. I started asking fellow residents if they have ever

Knowledge Bomb

Knowledge Bomb: Observation for Heroin Overdose After Receiving Naloxone

We continue the series with Knowledge Bomb #17. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background As EM docs we see a lot of opiate overdose cases, usually heroin. As a resident learning from attendings, who have different practice patterns, I have noticed varying

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EM/IM Sessions: Impella for Refractory Cardiac Arrest

The Impella CP Device for Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support in Refractory Cardiac Arrest Vase H, Christensen S, Christiansen A, et al. Resuscitation 2017. [paper] Why I chose this study While perusing LITFL R&R I stumbled on this interesting study. As we have started seeing with increased use of ECMO and the development of tools such as

Feeling Argumentative

An Abscess Worth Packing

Feeling Argumentative In this series we are going to pick apart the arguments and evidence surrounding a common but controversial topic in Emergency Medicine. The goal is to take a hard look at the practices we are handing down to future generations of ED docs and see what is based on opinion and what is

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EM/IM Sessions: YEARS Clinical Decision Tool for PE

Simplified Diagnostic Management of Suspected Pulmonary Embolism (the YEARS study): a Prospective, Multicentre, Cohort Study. van der Hulle, Tom, et al. The Lancet 2017 . [paper] Why I chose this study Determining if a patient has a pulmonary embolism (PE) is a routine occurrence in the emergency department (ED) and on the medicine inpatient service. I

Knowledge Bomb

Knowledge Bomb: LP for Complex Febrile Seizures

We continue the series with Knowledge Bomb #16. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background Simple febrile seizures are common in the pediatric population, ages 6 months to 5 years. However, complex febrile seizures are more rare, affecting less than 1% of children.