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Knowledge Bomb: Antiplatelet Therapy in Ischemic Stroke

We continue the series with Knowledge Bomb #22. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background Ischemic stroke remains amongst the top five causes of death world wide impacting 6.2 million people annually¹. In the United States, 140K Americans die each year from stroke².

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Knowledge Bomb: Route of Diltiazem in Afib with RVR

We continue the series with Knowledge Bomb #21. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background Atrial fibrillation (afib) with rapid ventricular rate (RVR) can lead to adverse effects on cardiovascular hemodynamics. Sustained elevated rates of disorganized atrial electrical activity leads to the absence

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Knowledge Bomb: Fluid Resuscitation in Pediatric DKA

We continue the series with Knowledge Bomb #20. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background Cerebral edema is one of the most feared complications in pediatric patients with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). It is the leading cause of death from this disease process. Thankfully

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Knowledge Bomb: High-Velocity Nasal Insufflation for Respiratory Failure

We continue the series with Knowledge Bomb #19. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background Dyspnea and acute respiratory failure are among the top 5 reasons for patients to present to the Emergency Department. High-velocity nasal insufflation (HVNI), a type of high-flow nasal

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Knowledge Bomb: TXA for Epistaxis

We continue the series with Knowledge Bomb #18. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background It’s a busy ER shift. Everyone seems pretty sick today. You get a patient into a back room of your emergency department with a pretty bad nosebleed. The

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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.

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Knowledge Bomb: Antibiotics Versus Surgery for Appendicitis

We continue on with the series with Knowledge Bomb #14. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background The inspiration behind choosing this article came from a case I had in the Emergency Department involving acute uncomplicated appendicitis. The patient was a 30-year-old male

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Knowledge Bomb! ‘Step-by-Step’ Approach to Treating Febrile Infants

We continue on with the series with Knowledge Bomb #12. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background Infants less than 3 months old presenting to the ED with a fever can be a true emergency, as this patient population is

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Knowledge Bomb! CT without LP for Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

We continue on with the series with Knowledge Bomb #10. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry. This entry we discuss the use of a CT only approach for patients with symptoms concerning for subarachnoid hemorrhage. Background Differentiating benign, though uncomfortable, headaches from those that may represent more dangerous pathologies

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Knowledge Bomb! Elevate Head of Bed for Intubation

We continue on with the series with Knowledge Bomb #9. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry. This entry we discuss a different technique for intubation of patients. Background Intubation is a popular topic in emergency medicine and everyone has an opinion on the best technique. Video laryngoscopy only? First