Does Point-of-Care Ultrasonography Improve Clinical Outcomes in Emergency Department Patients With Undifferentiated Hypotension? An International Randomized Controlled Trial From the SHoC-ED Investigators Atkinson et al. Annals of Emergency Medicine. October 2018. [paper] Why I Chose This Study In my brief time as a physician I have blindly accepted point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) as a useful tool
Balanced Crystalloids versus Saline in Noncritically Ill Adults WH Self et al. New England Journal of Medicine, March 2018. [paper] Why I chose this article This article is another flashpoint in the long debate – typically between internists and surgeons – regarding the use of normal saline versus balanced crystalloids for resuscitation. I remember being
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
Heart Failure for the Resuscitationist: The Basics I don’t have to tell you that heart failure is a common condition in the general population and in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). We see it on a daily basis. Even with this familiarity there are still some conundrums in the care of these patients.
Dr. Janae Hohbein (PGY2) brings us part 2/2 of our cardiology pearls this week, presenting the rare phenomenon of Electrical Storm! Dr. Janae Hohbein