Podcast #407:  Choose your own blister adventure

Author: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

 

  • Three options for a blister in partial thickness burns:  do nothing, unroof it, or poke a hole in it
  • Recent study suggest that aspirating the blister may be more effective in regards to wound healing
  • The overlying skin acts as a bio-band-aid and patients recover slightly faster

References:

Ro HS, Shin JY, Sabbagh MD, Roh SG, Chang SC, Lee NH. Effectiveness of aspiration or deroofing for blister management in patients with burns: A prospective randomized controlled trial. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Apr;97(17):e0563. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000010563. PubMed PMID: 29703044; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5944508.

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Podcast #406: PO vs. IV Tylenol

Author: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

 

  • Intravenous Tylenol currently is many times more expensive than oral
  • Single ED study comparing the two has methodology flaws and there is a lack of additional evidence to support intravenous over oral formulations solely for pain control
  • Oral Tylenol appears to be at least equally efficacious, though with a slightly slower onset of action

 

References:

Furyk J, Levas D, Close B, Laspina K, Fitzpatrick M, Robinson K, Vangaveti VN, Ray R. Intravenous versus oral paracetamol for acute pain in adults in the emergency department setting: a prospective, double-blind, double-dummy, randomised controlled trial. Emerg Med J. 2018 Mar;35(3):179-184. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2017-206787. Epub 2017 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 29247042.

Jibril F, Sharaby S, Mohamed A, Wilby KJ. Intravenous versus Oral Acetaminophen for Pain: Systematic Review of Current Evidence to Support Clinical Decision-Making. Can J Hosp Pharm. 2015 May-Jun;68(3):238-47. Review. PubMed PMID: 26157186; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4485512.

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Podcast #405: Infant Walkers

Author: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

 

  • Recent study has revealed that infant walkers are more harmful than helpful
  • Infant walkers can also delay motor function
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics calls for a ban on walkers as they are a preventable cause of injury

 

References:

Siegel AC, Burton RV. (1999).Effects of baby walkers on motor and mental development in human infants. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 20:355–361.

Sims A, et al. (2018). Infant Walker-Related Injuries in United States. Pediatrics 142(4).

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Podcast #404: Electric Scooter Injuries

Author: Sam Killian, MD

Educational Pearls:

 

  • Recent news articles are showing an increase in injuries related to riding electric scooters
  • Year-to-year, scooter injuries have increased as high as three to four times
  • More definitive evidence still to come

Editor’s note: don’t follow birdgraveyard on instagram

References:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/scooter-use-is-rising-in-major-cities-so-are-trips-to-the-emergency-room/2018/09/06/53d6a8d4-abd6-11e8-a8d7-0f63ab8b1370_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a6e46ff35bdc

https://kutv.com/news/local/er-doctors-report-161-increase-in-scooter-injuries-in-downtown-salt-lake-city

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Podcast #403: Meniscus Lock

Author: Mark Hinton, MD

Educational Pearls:

 

  • Meniscus lock can occur with a tear leading to inability to extend the knee
  • Treatment can include an intra-articular joint block followed by straightening
  • Medial meniscus injuries are more common

 

References:

Allum RL, Jones JR. The locked knee. Injury. 1986 Jul;17(4):256-8. PubMed PMID: 3770920.

Critchley IJ, Bracey DJ. The acutely locked knee–is a manipulation worth while? Injury. 1985 Jan;16(4):281-3. PubMed PMID: 3967919.

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Podcast #402: Rapid sequence intubation medications

Educational Pearls:

  • RSI includes induction agent (sedative) and a paralytic
  • Succinylcholine is a depolarizing paralytic of rapid onset and short duration with contraindications in hyperkalemic states and muscular dystrophy
  • Rocuronium and vecuronium are longer acting, non-depolarizing paralytic, more commonly
  • Common induction agents are etomidate and ketamine
  • Ketamine can be particularly beneficial for bronchodilator effects in those with reactive airway disease

References:

 

Stollings JL, Diedrich DA, Oyen LJ, Brown DR. Rapid-sequence intubation: a review of the process and considerations when choosing medications. Ann Pharmacother. 2014 Jan;48(1):62-76. doi: 10.1177/1060028013510488. Epub 2013 Nov 4. Review. PubMed PMID: 24259635.

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Podcast #401: Foreign Body Aspiration

Author: Gretchen Hinson, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Diagnosis can be difficult and often delayed
  • Asymmetric breath sounds, choking, stridor may be present, but children also present asymptomatically
  • Peak incidence around one to two years of age
  • Hot dogs, nuts, popcorn – round and smooth objects are most commonly aspirated

References:

Green SS. Ingested and Aspirated Foreign Bodies. Pediatr Rev. 2015 Oct;36(10):430-6. doi: 10.1542/pir.36-10-430. Review. PubMed PMID: 26430203.

Sink JR, Kitsko DJ, Georg MW, Winger DG, Simons JP. Predictors of Foreign Body Aspiration in Children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Sep;155(3):501-7. doi: 10.1177/0194599816644410. Epub 2016 Apr 12. PubMed PMID: 27071446.

 

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Podcast #400: ECMO

Author: Dylan Luyten, MD

Educational Pearls:

 

  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is similar to bypass
  • ECMO is being utilized routinely at some centers and even prehospital in cardiac arrest
  • There are two general types of ECMO:
    • Venovenous (VV-ECMO) is useful when the patient cannot oxygenate but has adequate heart function.
    • Venoarterial (VA-ECMO) is more like typical bypass and can be used in a pulseless patient

 

References:

Ouweneel DM, Schotborgh JV, Limpens J, Sjauw KD, Engström AE, Lagrand WK, Cherpanath TGV, Driessen AHG, de Mol BAJM, Henriques JPS. Extracorporeal life support during cardiac arrest and cardiogenic shock: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Intensive Care Med. 2016 Dec;42(12):1922-1934. doi: 10.1007/s00134-016-4536-8. Epub 2016 Sep 19. Review. PubMed PMID: 27647331; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5106498.

Tonna JE, Johnson NJ, Greenwood J, Gaieski DF, Shinar Z, Bellezo JM, Becker L, Shah AP, Youngquist ST, Mallin MP, Fair JF 3rd, Gunnerson KJ, Weng C, McKellar S; Extracorporeal REsuscitation ConsorTium (ERECT) Research Group.. Practice characteristics of Emergency Department extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR) programs in the United States: The current state of the art of Emergency Department extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ED ECMO). Resuscitation. 2016 Oct;107:38-46. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.07.237. Epub 2016 Aug 11. PubMed PMID: 27523953; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5475402.

 

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Podcast #399: Hunting for pancreatitis

Author: Michael Hunt, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Alcohol and gallstones are most common causes of pancreatitis
  • Diagnosis is not simply based on lipase alone – must have at least two the the three criteria:
    • Elevated lipase (greater than 3x upper limit of reference range)
    • Typical pain (epigastric pain, radiating to back, etc.)
    • Radiographic findings suggestive of pancreatitis (CT, MRI, US)
  • BISAP criteria can help risk stratify mortality in pancreatitis. You get 1 point for each of the following:
    • BNP > 25
    • Impaired mental status
    • SIRS criteria, more than 2
    • AGE > 60
    • Pleural effusion
  • BISAP score of 0 has < 1% mortality

Editor’s note: The severity of pancreatitis does not correlate with serum lipase levels – notice how it is not used in the BISAP criteria, as an example. Even a mild elevation in serum testing can result in severe pancreatitis.

References:

Banks PA, Bollen TL, Dervenis C, Gooszen HG, Johnson CD, Sarr MG, Tsiotos GG, Vege SS; Acute Pancreatitis Classification Working Group.. Classification of acute pancreatitis–2012: revision of the Atlanta classification and definitions by international consensus. Gut. 2013 Jan;62(1):102-11. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2012-302779. Epub 2012 Oct 25. PubMed PMID: 23100216.

Papachristou GI, Muddana V, Yadav D, O’Connell M, Sanders MK, Slivka A, Whitcomb DC. Comparison of BISAP, Ranson’s, APACHE-II, and CTSI scores in predicting organ failure, complications, and mortality in acute pancreatitis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2010 Feb;105(2):435-41; quiz 442. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2009.622. Epub 2009 Oct 27. PubMed PMID: 19861954.

Wu BU, Johannes RS, Sun X, Tabak Y, Conwell DL, Banks PA. The early prediction of mortality in acute pancreatitis: a large population-based study. Gut. 2008 Dec;57(12):1698-703. doi: 10.1136/gut.2008.152702. Epub 2008 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 18519429.

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Podcast #398: Who is gonna fail your antibiotic plan?

Author: Erik Verzemnieks, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Recent study provides at least some evidence to help predict antibiotic failure for cellulitis, which is not necessarily straight forward
  • Intuitive risk factors such as recent cellulitis, chronic ulcers, history of MRSA are associated with antibiotic treatment failure
  • Oddly, tachypnea at triage was associated with the highest odds ratio for treatment failure

References:

Yadav K, Suh KN, Eagles D, MacIsaac J, Ritchie D, Bernick J, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Wells G, Stiell IG. Predictors of Oral Antibiotic Treatment Failure for Nonpurulent Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in the Emergency Department. Acad Emerg Med. 2018 Jun 5. doi: 10.1111/acem.13492.

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