Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 11/4/2017

I’ve heard multiple residents, who are concerned about their wellness, say, “I just have to get through residency, and then things will get better”. My response? “No, they won’t”. They look surprised. And sad. Because how can it not get better? No more conferences, no requirements to work 50 hours a week. No more attendings

Critical Care

We Have No Beds: Ventilator Series

We Have No Beds: Ventilator Series Reading a Ventilator Screen Before diving into a specific mode of ventilation, we should address what you see on a ventilator screen first.  What do all these abbreviations mean?… Note: the pictures and order of descriptions reflect the Puritan-Bennett 840 ventilator.  However, most of the information will reflect most

Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 10/20/2017

“Out of your vulnerabilities, will come your strength” -Sigmund Freud Our jobs can be very isolating, despite constantly being surrounded by people. The ER team of docs, nurses, and techs is fun, always making jokes and proving we can handle anything. It can be quite lonely and exhausting to constantly keep up that persona. But

Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 10/8/2017

“It’s a simple solution. You change one thing, and suddenly you’ve changed everything.” – Rebecca Onie When you sit back and look at your work life, what do you want to change? There is likely an endless list. More time to study, see a higher volume of patients, stop making little mistakes, approach colleagues that

EM/IM Sessions

EM/IM Sessions: High-Sensitivity Troponin T

Mokhtari A, Lindahl B, Smith JG, Holzmann MJ, Khoshnood A, Ekelund U. Diagnostic Accuracy of High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T at Presentation Combined With History and ECG for Ruling Out Major Adverse Cardiac Events. Ann Emerg Med. 2016;68(6):649-658.e3.  [paper] Why I chose this article  High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) is a relatively new biomarker assay and