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Deep Dive #7: Domestic Violence

Authors: Katie Sprinkel, M.D. Emergency Medicine Physician SANE Medical Director, Medical Center of Aurora   & Amy Ferrin, Senior Deputy District Attorney County Court Supervisor Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District Amy Ferrin and Dr. Katie Sprinkel speak about the medical and legal aspects of domestic violence.

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Podcast #253: Total Eclipse of the Eye – Solar Retinopathy

Author: Nick Hatch, M.D. Educational Pearls Photic or solar retinitis occurs when you stare at the sun. The refractive power of the lens of the eye concentrates the light of the sun on the retina, stimulating the production of free radicals, damaging photoreceptors. Solar retinitis may present hours-days after light exposure. Patients will present with…

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Podcast #184: Frostbite

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Michael Hunt M.D. Educational Pearls: Frostbite injuries are graded by the severity of tissue depth. A Grade 1 injury has no cyanosis of the tissue, and usually just redness is present. A Grade 2 injury has acral cyanosis. A Grade 3 injury has cyanosis past the mid phalanx of the digits, resulting…

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Podcast #176: Football Injuries

Run Time:  4 minutes Author: Michael Hunt M.D. Educational Pearls: Stinger – a stretch of cervical nerves from a lateral blow to the head and causes immediate pain and numbness in the arm. There is no specific treatment, and symptoms last seconds to minutes or as long as a few days. A small percentage of…

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Podcast #170: Spice

Run Time:  2 minutes Author: John Winkler M.D. Educational Pearls: There are multiple synthetic marijuana alternatives that causes more amphetamine reaction. Known as Spice, K2, and many other names, they are made by changing the side branches of THC. An overdose can cause a spectrum of reactions from general agitation to severe excited delirium to…

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Podcast #169: Lyme Disease

Run Time:  7 minutes Author: Greg Burcham M.D. Educational Pearls: Case presentation: A 48 year-old male cyclist travels to new england for a race. Afterwards he is sore, tired and fatigued, but 1 week later back in Colorado he is still sore, tired, and fatigued, and he also noticed a rash that started after a…

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Podcast #141: Heat Stroke

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Nicholas Hatch M.D. Educational Pearls: It is possible to acclimatize to heat, however it takes approximately 2-3 weeks. Never give tylenol for a heat related illness and heat related hyperthermia, it is not helpful. Heat rash: most common in kids. Lotion should not be used because it blocks the ducts…

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Podcast #129: SIPE

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Suzanne Chilton M.D. Educational Pearls: SIPE or SWIPE stands for Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema and usually occurs in young people without previous pulmonary problems or CHF. Happens more often in cold water, and could be a combination of increased cardiac output, increased permeability of capillary bed and increased pressure in…

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Brew-Cast #1: Do Opioids Cause Chronic Pain?

PRESENTING THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL MINUTE BREW-CAST SERIES!Run Time: 20 minutes Author: Don Stader M.D Educational Pearls:  Don speaks with University of Colorado Dr. Peter Grace, a pain researcher. His paper: “Morphine paradoxically prolongs neuropathic pain in rats by amplifying spinal NLRP3 inflammasone activation” – suggests that morphine increases / causes chronic pain In this study rats…

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Podcast #124:  Nets and Malaria

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Eric Miller M.D. Educational Pearls: The WHO in 2000, set a goal of reversing incidence of mosquito deaths by 2015. One billion insecticide coated nets were given for free in areas of high malarial incidence in Africa. Each net costs 2-3 dollars. In 2000, there were 1 million deaths due…

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