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SGEM#183: Don’t RINSE, Don’t Repeat

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Cardiac, Featured, Neurologic, Podcasts | 1 comment

Podcast Link: SGEM183 Date: June 20th, 2017 Reference: Bernard et al. Induction of Therapeutic Hypothermia During Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Using a Rapid Infusion of Cold Saline
The RINSE Trial (Rapid Infusion of Cold Normal Saline). Circulation 2016. Guest Skeptic: Jay Loosley is a Registered Nurse, and an Advanced Care Paramedic in London.  His background includes working as a Research Assistant with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Professor at Fanshawe College and currently, Superintendent of Education for Middlesex-London EMS, in London, Ontario, Canada. Case:  A 71-year-old woman has a witnessed arrest while watching her granddaughter’s soccer game. By-standard CPR is started and EMS is called. They arrive quickly and take over the resuscitation. She is not in a shockable rhythm. They continue CPR, get intravenous access, give a round of epinephrine and then wonder if they should start rapid cooling en-route to the hospital with some cold saline. Background: Therapeutic hypothermia post cardiac arrest has received a great deal of attention since 2002. Two relatively small randomized control trials published in the NEJM showed that hypothermia post cardiac arrest resuscitation was neuroprotective (Bernard et al and The Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest Study Group). The Cochrane Collaboration updated their review on hypothermia for neuroprotection in adults after CPR in 2012. They concluded: “Conventional cooling methods to induce mild therapeutic hypothermia seem to...

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SGEM Xtra: FeminEM – Stronger Together

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Conferences, Featured, Podcasts | 1 comment

Podcast Link: SGEM Xtra FeminEM Date: June 20th, 2017 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Dara Kass is an Emergency Physician, mother of three, wife of one and champion for the evolution of women in medicine. She is also the Editor in Chief of FeminEM (Females in Emergency Medicine). This is an SGEM Xtra so we will not be doing a structured critical review of a recent paper trying to cut the knowledge translation window down for over 10 years to less than one year using the power of social media. The next episode of the SGEM will be a formal critical appraisal of a recent publication. Five Questions about FeminEM Why FeminEM? What is FeminEM? What is your Story? What is FIX2017? What are the Ultimate Goals of FeminEM? Listen to the podcast on iTunes to hear Dr. Dara Kass discuss these questions with me. For more information about FeminEM you can go to their website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Other Resources on the Issue of Gender Equity Why do women physicians experience burnout more than men? Gender Gap: Do Male or Female Physicians Do More Housework? Female representation at Australasian specialty conferences Are there too few women presenting at emergency medicine conferences? When will we have enough women speakers in emergency medicine? Speaker Introductions...

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SGEM Xtra: IAEMC 2017 #Puravida

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Conferences, Featured, Podcasts | 0 comments

Date: June 14th, 2017 I had the pleasure of presenting at the Intra America Emergency Medicine Conference (#IAEMC17) held in Costa Rica last month. Thank you to Dr. Manrique Umana for inviting me and the conference organizers for putting on such an amazing  and educational event. I had a fantastic time meeting so many wonderful people from South, Central and North America. I gave two talks during the conference and promised that all the material would be available for free as part of the FOAMed movement....

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SGEM#182: Platelet Transfusions for Intracerebral Hemorrhage (PATCH) – Don’t Do It.

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Featured, Hematologic, Neurologic, Podcasts | 3 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM182 Date: June 5th, 2017 Reference: Baharoglu et al. Platelet transfusion versus standard care after acute stroke due to spontaneous cerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy (PATCH): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial. Lancet 2016. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Robert Edmonds is an Emergency Medicine staff physician in Newport News, VA and a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City EM residency. DISCLAIMER – The views and opinions of this podcast/blog do not reflect the views and opinions of the US...

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SGEM#181: Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind, Pan Scan or Leave Other Scans Behind?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Featured, Podcasts, Trauma | 5 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM181 Date: June 3rd, 2017 Reference: Sierink et al. Immediate total-body CT scanning versus conventional imaging and selective CT scanning in patients with severe trauma (REACT-2): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet August 2016. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Marcel Emond is an Associate Professor, Laval University, Emergency Physician at the Level 1 Trauma Center of the CHU de Québec, a Senior Clinician-Scientist, Chair of CAEP Trauma and Injury prevention committee, BEEM faculty member and the host of SGEM Global French. Case: A...

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SGEM#180: The First Cut is the Deepest – N.O.T. for Paediatric Appendicitis

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Featured, Pediatrics, Podcasts | 3 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM180 Date: May 24th, 2017 Reference: Georgiou et al. Efficacy and Safety of Nonoperative Treatment for Acute Appendicitis: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics 2017. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Ross Fisher is a Paediatric Surgeon in Sheffield, England. When he is not waxing lyrical about presentation skills (P Cubed) over at ffolliet.com, giving the Greatest Presentation in the World at SMACC or expounding his views on paediatric trauma management he can be found at Sheffield Children’s Hospital principally dealing with surgical oncology, vascular access and all...

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SGEM#179: Chase the Dragon and Naloxone

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Featured, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Podcasts, Pulmonary | 3 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM179 Date: May 19th, 2017 Reference: Willman et al. Do heroin overdose patients require observation after receiving naloxone? Clinical Toxicology 2017. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Richard Hamilton (@RJHamiltonMD) is Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also the host of EMToxCast and gave a talk at the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine Annual Retreat called: Can Social Media Save Emergency Medicine? Case: A 45-year-old male arrives via emergency medical services (EMS) complaining that he wants to be discharged....

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SGEM#178: Mindfulness – It’s not Better to Burnout than it is to Rust

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Featured, Podcasts, Psychiatric | 4 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM178 Date: May 12th, 2017 Reference: Ireland et al. A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness to reduce stress and burnout among intern medical practitioners. Medical Teacher 2017. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Diane Birnbaumer is a Senior Clinical Faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. She is also an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Case: A resident comes to you looking for advice. He is having trouble feeling tired, short-tempered and it is affecting his work...

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SGEM#177: POCUS – A New Sensation for Diagnosing Pediatric Fractures

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Featured, Musculoskeletal, Pediatrics, Podcasts | 39 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM177 Date: May 1st, 2017 Reference: Poonai et al. Point-of-care ultrasound for non-angulated distal forearm fractures in children: test performance characteristics and patient-centered outcomes. Acad Emerg Med May 2017. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Corey Heitz is an emergency physician in Roanoke, Virginia. He is also the CME editor for Academic Emergency Medicine and the associate editor for emergency medicine simulation at the AAEM MedEdPORTAL SGEM HOP: This is another SGEM Hot Off the Press with Academic Emergency Medicine. Here is a reminder of...

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SGEM#176: Somebody’s Watching Me – Cardiac Monitoring for Chest Pain

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Cardiac, Featured, Podcasts | 2 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM176 Date: April 26th, 2017 Reference: Syed et al. Prospective validation of a clinical decision rule to identify patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain who can safely be removed from cardiac monitoring. CMAJ Jan 2017 Guest Skeptics: Drs. Ryan Tam and Antony Robert are chief residents from the Royal College Emergency Medicine Program at McGill University. Ryan Tam’s academic interests include quality improvement, ultrasound and simulation. He is also involved with a start-up FOAMed site called EM-bites...

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SGEM#175: Dancing on the Ceiling with Ketorolac for Pain

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Featured, Podcasts | 10 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM175 Date: April 20th, 2017 Reference: Motov et al. Comparison of Intravenous Ketorolac at Three Single-Dose Regimens for Treating Acute Pain in the Emergency Department: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Emerg Med Dec 2016 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Ken Milne is a front line community emergency medicine physician passionate about skepticism, evidence based medicine and knowledge translation. He is also the moderator for Emergency Medical Abstracts, faculty member of Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine and creator of the Skeptics’ Guide to...

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SGEM#174: Don’t Believe the Hype – Vitamin C Cocktail for Sepsis

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Featured, Infectious, Podcasts | 14 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM174 Date: April 6th, 2017 Reference: Marik et al. Hydrocortisone, Vitamin C and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A Retrospective Before-After Study. Chest Dec 2016 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Jeremy Faust is an attending emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He’s the co-host of FOAMcast with co-host Dr. Lauren Westafer and he’s written about sepsis in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, EM Clinics of North America,...

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