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Podcast #11: Exotic Urticaria

Run Time: 5 minutes Author: Dr. Jared Scott Educational Pearls: Urticaria means “burning nettles” in Latin. Lymph nodes release immunoglobulin IgE and IgG, which trigger mast cells located all over the body to release histamines. Along with the well-known acute urticaria, there are chronic types of urticaria, which last longer than six weeks. There are…

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Podcast #10: Thyroid Storm & The Thyroid Don’t Get No Respect

Run Time: 11 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Thyroid literally means shield and is important for growth and cortisol/adrenaline modulation. Hyperthyroidism puts the body in a hypercatabolic state causes agitation, fine tremors, tachycardia and Atrial Fibrillation. Iodine – like the kind given for a contrast CT scan – has been associated with precipitating…

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Podcast #9: Patient Satisfaction

  Run Time: 7 minutes Author: Dr. John Winkler Educational Pearls: 429 studies show that patient satisfaction has a positive association with the patients’ improvement after their hospital visit. 127 studies that show no change and only 1 study that has a negative association. Good communication and good rapport with the patient and the patient’s family…

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Podcast #8: Hypertensive Emergency with Normal Pressure

Run Time: 5 minutes Author: Dr. Eric Miller Educational Pearls: Hypertensive Emergency is generally over 180/100 with at least one associated symptom, but there are cases where this will not happen. Patient 4-5 days postpartum with eclampsia. For a patient who’s aorta is dissecting and an initial BP around 150/100 the goal is to get the…

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Podcast #7: Heroin Overdose and OTC Narcan

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Mexico is number 2 in opium production in the world – Opioids now kill more people than car accidents in the United States. Heroine originally marketed as a less addictive form of Morphine – actually more addictive. 20 in 100,000 deaths in CO are due to…

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Podcast #6: Trauma in Pregnancy/Perimortem C-section

Run Time: 15 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Trauma ABCs change in pregnancy. A: Progesterone dilates to blood vessels in the nose and the back of the throat changing the airway in pregnant women, causes intubation to be more difficult because of increased redundant tissue. B: Pregnant women desaturate very quickly because of metabolic…

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Podcast #5: The Physiology of Emesis

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Dr. Jared Scott Educational Pearls: The area postrema controls vomiting – not protected by blood-brain barrier – gets input from several types of receptors, the vagus nerve, serotonin input from gastric mucosa, and cranial nerve #8. Physiologic steps: Increased salivation, Involuntary deep breath to avoid aspiration, retro-peristalsis of the upper…

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Podcast #4: Isopropyl Alcohol for Nausea

Run Time: 5 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Can be inhaled for relief from nausea – works for approximately 50% of people within 10 minutes. Administered by cupping the swab in the hands and inhaling through the nose and exhaling out of the mouth. Works through a process known as olfactory distraction, but it…

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Podcast #3: Alexis St. Martin

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Dr. Christopher Holmes Educational Pearls: Shot with musket to upper abdomen in 1822 on Mackinac Island – survived standard of care of blood letting and cathartics – was left with a fistula from his stomach to his abdominal wall. Alexis St. Martin was illiterate and signed a contract with Dr. William…

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Podcast #2: Buprenorphine

  Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Dr. Jared Scott Educational Pearls: Semi-synthetic methadone used for chronic pain and nausea treatment. Partial agonist to opioid receptors, which decreases respiratory depression – theoretically decreases likelihood of respiratory arrest in a patient who overdoses. Patients on Buprenorphine chronically need Sufentanil for surgery – 10 times more potent than Fentanyl…

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