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Mental Health Monthly #4: Trauma, Loss and Grief in First Responders Heightened by COVID-19

Trauma and loss are common issues faced by emergency personnel and first responders. These challenges have since been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. On this installment of Mental Health Monthly, Anat ‘Nati’ Geva, PsyD, LP joins us to discuss the stages of grief in response to loss and trauma and how they pertain to first…

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Podcast 590: Esophageal Food Impactions

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD Educational Pearls: Carbonated beverages have shown efficacy in helping patients spontaneously pass esophageal food impactions Glucagon, while historically used for treatment, has been shown to have significant side effects without any clinical benefit Definitive treatment is with endoscopy performed typically by a  gastroenterologist References Long B, Koyfman A, Gottlieb M. Esophageal…

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Podcast 589:  Management of Dental Trauma

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD Educational Pearls: Dental fractures are described by the Ellis classifications, which are based on the involvement of layers of the teeth: Ellis I: involvement of the enamel  Ellis II: involvement of the enamel and dentin Ellis III: involvement of the enamel, dentin, and pulp While Ellis I injuries can be sent…

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Pharmacy Friday #1: Antibiotic Alternatives to Fluoroquinolones for Infectious Disease

Welcome to EMM’s first Pharmacy Friday where we dive deeper on a certain pharmacological topic as it pertains to emergency medicine. Dr. Rachael Duncan, Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist, joins us today to talk about antibiotics use for infectious disease, specifically fluoroquinolones. Educational Pearls: Levofloxacin used to be relied upon heavily due to its multiple upsides…

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Buprenorphine after Naloxone

EMM would like to extend a large thank you to the Pain Management and Addiction Medicine section of the American College of Emergency Physicians for allowing us to post their webinar panel discussion facilitated by EMM’s own Don Stader, MD, FACEP on Buprenorphine use after Naloxone. This episode discusses the nuances of emergency physicians inducing…

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Podcast 588: Esmolol for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation

Contributor: Ricky Dhaliwal, MD, JD Educational Pearls: Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) is a potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmia; Refractory VF even more so Epinephrine stimulates alpha and beta receptors which increase sympathetic tone, thereby increasing cardiac oxygen demand and myocardial calcium levels which can cause new arrhythmias, particularly a problem during resuscitation Esmolol (or any beta blocker)…

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Podcast 587:  Puppies Preventing Burnout?

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD Educational Pearls: Burnout happens. This study reminds us to take a few minutes on shift to take care of yourself. A new study looked at burnout in ER nurses, residents, and attending physicians where they were asked to take a 5-minute break on shift to color or play with a therapy…

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On the Streets #7: Burns in the Pre-Hospital and ED Setting

Burns are low-volume, high-acuity injuries that require special attention and care from the pre-hospital team to the Emergency Department and finally to a dedicated burn unit and ICU. As a first responder in the pre-hospital setting, there are a couple things that need to remain at the forefront of your mind when dealing with burn…

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Podcast 586:  Toxic Shock Syndrome

Contributor: Don Stader, MD Educational Pearls: Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare cause of shock typically caused by Staph aureus or Strep pyogenes, that produces a toxin that leads to rapid onset hypotension with a diffuse erythematous rash. Signs of TSS may include rapid onset of altered mental status, dizziness, nausea, abdominal discomfort, hypotension,…

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Podcast 585:  You Sure You Want Colchicine for Gout?

Contributor: Don Stader, MD Educational Pearls: Gout is an arthritis caused by the deposition of urate crystals into the joint space Colchicine works by disrupting microtubules and prevents white blood cells from getting into the joint space which stops the inflammatory response  Colchicine has a high rate of adverse events, in particular explosive diarrhea The…

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