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Deep Dive #5: The Evolution of Sepsis Treatment

Author: Susan Brion, M.D. Dr. Brion enlightens us on the ever-evolving standard of sepsis management.

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Podcast #219: History of Sepsis

  Author: Chris Holmes, M.D. Educational Pearls “Sepo’ is a term from Homer (author of The Iliad and The Odyssey), and means “I rot”. Hippocrates in 400 BC identified sepsis as a “dangerous decay within the body”. Galen in 200 AD believed pus was “laudable”. The Greeks and Romans used the term “myasma” to describe the smell of…

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Podcast #195: How to Properly Inject Heroin

Author: Don Stader, M.D Educational Pearls: It is important for providers to know how to use IV drugs properly so that they can instruct their patients on how to avoid injury. Heroin use is increasing. Hepatitis, HIV and infection are possible complications of improper IV drug use The first step of heroin use is to…

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Podcast #188: Monoarthritis

Author: Peter Bakes M.D. Educational Pearls: Some common causes of monoarticular arthritis include: crystal arthropathies (gout and pseudogout), infection (septic joint), reactive arthritis and acute presentations of chronic arthritides. Lyme disease usually presents with a targetoid lesion associated with constitutional symptoms The common triad of symptoms associated with reactive arthritis (aka Reiter’s Syndrome) consists of…

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Podcast #187: Mumps

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Gretchen Hinson M.D. Educational Pearls: The key imaging of a mumps patient is “chipmunk cheeks” or parotitis. The swelling can extend almost to the ears and can be extremely painful – in about 25% of cases the swelling is unilateral. Other organs can be involved as well including: testicles, ovaries,…

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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 #162: Jaw Infections

Run Time:  3 minutes Author: Suzanne Chilton M.D. Educational Pearls: Patient presentation: 2 weeks of mouth pain, no recent dentist visit, low grade fever, and muffled or hot potato voice. Patient exam: swollen tongue that is located up and back in the mouth, edema under tongue, diffuse erythema, and rancid breath. This patient has Ludwig’s…

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Podcast #142: Botulism from Black Tar Heroin

Run Time: 2 minutes Author: Michael Hunt M.D. Educational Pearls: The first case of skin botulism from the use of black tar heroin in Colorado was documented in July of 2016. Botulism is most deadly toxin known to man and originates from the genus of tetanus and difficile – Clostridium botulinum. Characteristics of botulinum, bulbar…

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Podcast #134: Rabies

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Susan Brion M.D. Educational Pearls: Rabies causes 61,000 deaths per year worldwide, mostly in Africa and Asia, and associated with dog bites. In the US there are 2 fatal rabies cases per year, all associated with bats. Dogs in the US: the only concern is if you are bitten along…

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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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