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Emergency Medical Minute


Sep 28, 2019

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Sep 26, 2019

Contributor: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • The eye is surrounded by relatively inflexible tissues such as the bone of the orbit and the fibrous tissue of the eye. This makes it relatively susceptible to damage from outside compression, which is most common from trauma. This phenomenon is called ocular compartment...

Sep 23, 2019

Contributor: Dylan Luyten, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Those that are hypokalemic are often hypomagnesemic, and should receive magnesium (Mg) supplementation if repleting potassium
  • Mg levels are typically not necessary - if someone is suspect to have hypomagnesemia, just given them Mg
  • Mg increases the AV node refractory...

Sep 20, 2019

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Patients with psychiatric complaints are often complicated to disposition from the main ED, and many will require inpatient psychiatric stays
  • Some health systems have dedicated psychiatric ED’s that are specialized in taking care of these patients
  • For example, in...

Sep 16, 2019

Author: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Study from Hennepin County EM studied the efficacy of different drugs for agitation, which included 737 patients
  • Most patients in this study were male and *surprise* drunk
  • Compared doses of common sedatives with primary outcome of sedation at 15 minutes (all intramuscular)