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Emergency Medical Minute


Dec 29, 2017

Author: Erik Verzemneicks, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • 1/600 flights has an on-board request for medical assistance.
  • Most common complaints on board include: syncope, respiratory complaints, and GI complaints. Most of the time, these are exacerbations of underlying chronic conditions.
  • Except for situations involving...

Dec 27, 2017

Author:  John Winkler, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • Photokeratitis is a UV burn of the sclera and cornea, which can cause blindness.
  • UV light causes eyelid swelling with diffuse scarring of the eye (widespread, punctate uptake of fluorescein dye). While this can eventually heal, it is incredibly painful.
  • Snow reflects light...

Dec 25, 2017

Author: Dave Rosenberg, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • EKG changes that can be seen in DKA include ST elevation and peaked T-waves secondary to derangements in K levels.
  • In DKA,  serum K is high, but total body K is low, which can cause said EKG abnormalities.
  • Many things cause ST elevation besides MI, so think beyond STEMI.

Dec 18, 2017

Author: John Winkler, M.D.

Dr. Winkler shares his knowledge of wilderness medicine and provides insight on how to prevent and treat conditions such as hypothermia, frostbite and sun blindness. More importantly, he gives us tips on how to stay safe while doing our favorite wintertime activities!

Dec 15, 2017

Podcast #281: Intracranial Hemorrhage Treatment

Author: Don Stader, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • Types of traumatic bleeds include subdural, epidural, and subarachnoid.
  • Treatment for a traumatic bleed includes maintenance of systolic BP above 120 and seizure prophylaxis with phenytoin.
  • In atraumatic bleeds, treatment should...