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Emergency Medical Minute


Oct 30, 2017

Author: Rachel Beham, PharmD, Advanced Clinical Pharmacist - Emergency Medicine

Educational Pearls

  • CDC recommends using the inactivated, injectable flu vaccine in those 6 months and older. The live attenuated vaccine is not used because of low efficacy.
  • Pregnant women should be vaccinated, and can receive the vaccine...

Oct 27, 2017

Author: Aaron Lessen, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • For patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest, intubation in the 1st 15 minutes of resuscitation was associated with worse outcomes (mortality, neurologic outcome). This is likely due to cessation of high-quality CPR and defibrillation during the intubation sequence.

Oct 25, 2017

Educational Pearls

  • After the first hour, every 1 hour delay in antibiotics in a patient with septic shock patient is associated with a 4% increase in mortality.
  • In patients with high suspicion for septic shock (fever and hypotension), antibiotics should be initiated ASAP. Rocephin (ceftriaxone) should be used for those...

Oct 23, 2017

Author: Julian Orenstein, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • Colorado has a high population of unvaccinated children, and is at increased risk for pertussis outbreaks.
  • The causative organism is Bordetella pertussis. It causes  causes respiratory epithelial necrosis leading to congestion of the bronchioles, leading to cough.

Oct 16, 2017


Katie Sprinkel, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
SANE Medical Director, Medical Center of Aurora 
Amy Ferrin, Senior Deputy District Attorney
County Court Supervisor
Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District

Amy Ferrin and Dr. Katie Sprinkel speak about the medical and legal aspects of domestic...