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SGEM#225: NEXUS II – Validation of the Pediatric Head CT Decision Instrument

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in Featured, Neurologic, Pediatrics, Podcasts, Trauma | 0 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM225 Date: July 16th, 2018 Reference: Gupta M et al. Validation of the Pediatric NEXUS II Head Computed Tomography Decision Instrument for Selective Imaging of Pediatric Patients with Blunt Head Trauma. AEM July 2018 Guest Skeptics: Dr. Corey Heitz is an emergency physician in Roanoke, Virginia. He is also the CME editor for Academic Emergency Medicine Case: You’re working in a small rural emergency department when a seven-year-old girl comes in by EMS with a head injury. Her father was teaching her how to bike and he got a little ambitious and sent her down a small hill. She hit a rock, and went over the bars, striking her head on a small tree as she fell. She was helmeted, she did not lose consciousness, has not been vomiting, but the helmet was scratched up where it struck the tree. It’s...

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SGEM#218: Excited Delirium Syndrome

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Featured, Neurologic, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Podcasts, Psychiatric | 0 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM218 Date: May 12th, 2018 Reference: Gonin P et al. Excited Delirium: A Systematic Review. AEM May 2018. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Chris Bond is an emergency physician and clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary. He is currently the host of CAEP Casts, which highlights educational innovations from emergency medicine residency programs across Canada. Chris also has his own #FOAMed blog called Standing on the Corner Minding My Own Business (SOCMOB). Case: A 24-year-old male is brought into the emergency department by police. He was running around wearing a Batman suit, jumping on cars and screaming he is Batman. He is brought to the emergency department extremely agitated and despite being held down by two police and three security guards he is still trying to bite the staff. You cannot obtain any vital signs and this patient is a danger to himself and...

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SGEM#211: Pins and Needles – Acupuncture for Migraine Prophylaxis

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 in Featured, Neurologic, Podcasts | 2 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM211 Date: March 18th, 2018 Reference: Zhao et al. The Long-Term Effect of Acupuncture for Migraine Prophylaxis:  A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 2017 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Alfred Sacchetti is a full time practicing Emergency Physician, who is also the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey, USA, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, an Active Researcher and faculty member for the Emergency Medicine and Acute Care course.   Case: 40-year-old male appears with what he describes as his typical migraine that has failed his usual home therapies.  In the emergency department after six hours and multiple medications, the patient’s pain is finally under control.  While being discharged he asks if there anything you can offer to prevent headaches from coming back. He states: “I have to fly to Chengdu University of Traditional...

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SGEM#201: It’s in the Way That You Use It – Ottawa SAH Tool

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Featured, Neurologic, Podcasts | 8 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM201 SAH Date: December 19th, 2017 Reference: Perry J et al. Validation of the Ottawa Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Rule in patients with acute headache. CMAJ Nov 2017 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Chris Carpenter is from Washington University, Deputy Editor of Academic Emergency Medicine and faculty member of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care course. Case:  A 35-year-old female presents to your emergency department three-hours after the onset of a severe frontal headache.  She describes the headache as throbbing, left retro-orbital, and associated with nausea but no vomiting.  As a teenager, she had a history of frequent migraine headaches, but she cannot recall any migraine for at least ten years. The headache developed over an hour while at her desk job and was not associated with loss of consciousness, neck pain, fevers, or neurological deficits. Your physical exam is normal. Last week, your colleague missed...

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SGEM#199: Therapeutic Hypothermia – What is it Good For?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in Featured, Neurologic, Podcasts | 4 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM199 Date: November 27th, 2017 Reference: Legriel et al. Hypothermia for Neuroprotection in Convulsive Status Epilepticus. NEJM Dec 2016 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Neal Little is an Emergency Physician who works at Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea, Michigan. He is also a Faculty member of the Emergency Medicine and Acute Care Series 1986 to present. Case: Johnny is a 22-year-old male patient who presents to the emergency department via EMS with a seizure. He is known to have poorly controlled epilepsy. It was a witnessed clonic-tonic seizure that stopped but he did not wake up. The paramedics report another seizure on route to the hospital. He arrives with normal vital signs, normal finger stick blood glucose and a Glasgow Coma Scale of 3. He then has another seizure in the department. You quickly assess him in the resuscitation room, the team attempts...

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SGEM#187: Pin Cushion – Acupuncture in the Emergency Department

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Featured, Musculoskeletal, Neurologic, Podcasts | 2 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM187a Date: September 7th, 2017 Reference: Cohen et al. Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial. MJA 2017 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Alfred Sacchetti is a full time practicing Emergency Physician, who is also the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey, USA, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and an Active Researcher.   In addition, Dr. Sacchetti is one of the few individuals to have lectured on the same panel with Dr. Milne and survived with his sanity and reputation intact. Case: A 41-year-old man presents to the emergency department with an acute onset of back pain. He was putting some groceries into the car and felt something pull in his lower back.  He has no “red flags” on your history and physical examination. He is worried about...

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