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SGEM#184: We Weren’t Born to Follow-Up – The PEITHO Long-Term Follow-up Study

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Cardiac, Featured, Hematologic, Podcasts, Pulmonary | 1 comment

Podcast Link: SGEM184 Date: June 21st, 2017 Reference: Konstantinides et al. Impact of Thrombolytic Therapy
 on the Long-Term Outcome of Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism. JACC March 2017 Guest Skeptic: Dr. Kirsty Challen (@KirstyChallen) is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust (North West England). She did her Medical School at Manchester, with a History of Medicine BSc at the same time. Kirsty did her residency in North West England and has a PhD in Health Services Research from Sheffield. Kirsty is also the creator of a knowledge translation project called #PaperinaPic. Case: A 22-year-old patient presents to the emergency department with sudden onset shortness of breath. She takes the oral contraceptive pill and was placed in a below-knee plaster cast for a fibula fracture 2 weeks ago. She is alert and talking, with a systolic blood pressure of 110 mmHg, but CTPA...

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SGEM#183: Don’t RINSE, Don’t Repeat

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Cardiac, Featured, Neurologic, Podcasts | 2 comments

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...

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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...

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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. Talk I: Knowledge Translation in the Digital Age The first talk was on knowledge translation (KT) in the digital age. It has been said that it can take 17 years for 14% of research to reach the patients’ bedside (Morris et al 2011). A number of examples of the KT problem were provided. The Pathman Leaky Pipe Model was used to illustrate...

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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 Air Force, the United States Government, or Langley Air Force Base. Case: Your next patient is a 68-year-old with sudden onset right sided hemiparesis and facial droop.  Non-contrast head CT shows a hemorrhagic stroke.  On review of the patient’s medications you notice the patient is taking daily aspirin. You wonder if they would benefit from a platelet transfusion. Background: In...

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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 | 6 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 53-year-old woman in good health is brought in by ambulance after a motor vehicle collision. She did not lose consciousness but did bump her head.  Her main complaint is chest pain with difficulty breathing. She is tachycardic, tachypnic and has some mild abdominal pain. You suspect a flail chest on your clinical examination.  A FAST examination is performed and is...

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