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Colorado MAT Part 4: Buprenorphine in the Emergency Department

Treatment with buprenorphine is easier, less time consuming and far more effective for management of opioid withdrawal and OUD than standard care with clonidine, IVF, haldol and other symptomatic therapies. Induction with buprenorphine is easy, requires no IV or labs, and is usually accomplished in 1-2 hours. It requires a chair, not a hospital bed....

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Colorado MAT Part 3: Medications for MAT in the ED

There are three MAT drugs available to treat addiction: naltrexone (brand name Vivitrol), methadone (brand names Dolophine or Methadose) & buprenorphine (brand name Suboxone, Subutex, and Sublicade). The only MAT drug appropriate for initiation in the ED is buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid which acts as partial agonist at the mu receptor. Buprenorphine does...

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Colorado MAT Part 2: Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment or (Medication for Addiction Treatment) is an important frontier in ED care of patients with Opioid Use Disorder. Naltrexone, methadone and buprenorphine are the medications approved for the treatment of OUD. Addiction is a disease that is widely misunderstood and rarely taught in medical school. It is a dangerous myth that the...

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Colorado MAT Part 1: Understanding Addiction & Opioid Use Disorder

Addiction is widely misunderstood by the public and by many healthcare providers. It is not taught in most medical schools. Combating the opioid epidemic will require providers to understand Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and its treatment. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease with extraordinarily high morbidity and mortality. It is the transition from controlled to...

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Podcast #500: 2018-19 Rapid Fire EM Literature Review

Author: Dave Saintsing Educational Pearls: Poor sleep is an independent risk factor for development of health problems such as type 2 diabetes.  A 2019 study, randomized participants to 3 groups: 9 hours of sleep, 5 hours of sleep with weekend catch-up sleep, and 5 hours of sleep without catch-up sleep.  In the sleep deprived (5...

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Podcast #499: Posterior Circulation Ischemia

Podcast # 499: Posterior Circulation Strokes Contributor: Neal O’Connor, MD Educational Pearls: Dizziness is a very common complaint in the emergency department, but how can we find patients with a dangerous cause of their symptoms, namely a posterior circulation stroke? Consider a posterior circulation stroke in those with an abrupt onset of headache with neck...

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Podcast # 498: Ortho Tips

Author: Susan Ryan, DO Educational Pearls: General orthopedic principles: Examine above and below the injury Document neurovascular status X-ray imaging typically requires three different views Fracture description should include name the bone, location of fracture, degree of displacement, and if it is closed or open Osgood-Schlatter (tibia) and Sever’s (calcaneus) disease are apophyseal injuries caused...

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Podcast #497: Does my patient with CP have ACS?

Author: Dylan Luyten, MD Educational Pearls: While certain aspects of the history, exam, and EKG may increase likelihood of ACS, there is no one element that performs well on its own Elements of the history have been found to have different likelihood ratios, which can increase or decrease the probability of a patient having ACS...

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Podcast # 496: Hallucinogens

Author: David Holland, MD Educational Pearls: Hallucinogenics have been used for a variety of cultural and religious reasons for thousands of years In the 1960’s a Harvard professor began experimenting with psilocybin mushrooms. There was resulting public outcry, eventually leading to all hallucinogens being listed as schedule I drugs Common hallucinogens include: LSD (acid), Mescaline...

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Podcast # 495: Trauma in the Elderly 

Author: Rachel Brady, MD Educational Pearls: Elderly patients (>65 years old) have a higher trauma mortality compared to younger patients, even though they have lower mechanisms of injury Elder trauma is often under-triaged due to low-energy mechanisms and lack of physiologic response due to age and medications such as beta-blockers. Do not be reassured by...

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