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Emergency Medical Minute


Feb 26, 2020

Recorded remotely in the highest hospital in the world, Nick sits down to talk with Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger, a small-town physician who's worn many different hats both in the hospital and her community. 


Intro Music:

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Feb 25, 2020


Author: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Previously, trials had shown promising evidence that vitamin C may improve mortality rates in patients with sepsis or septic shock.  
  • A 2017 retrospective before-after study gave a “cocktail” of hydrocortisone, vitamin C, and thiamine to patients with severe sepsis or...

Feb 24, 2020

Author: Nick Tsipis, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Aortic injury caused by blunt trauma is very rare
  • Chest x-ray findings might include widening of the mediastinum
  • Ligamentum arteriosum (remnant of the ductus arteriosus) tethers the aorta to the chest wall, potentially causing injury with abrupt decelerations and motion

Feb 19, 2020

Non Epileptic Seizures (NES) is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and overlooked disorders that emergency medicine professionals encounter. Dr. Randi Libbon & Dr. Laura Strom, both experts on NES, explain the ongoing research surrounding the topic as well as how to best manage patients with NES in the...

Feb 18, 2020

Author: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Nasogastric tubes (NGT) are very uncomfortable for all those involved but some simple tricks and tips may help:
  • Topical lidocaine can be inserted into the nasal passage for local analgesia
  • Afrin may help shrink the mucosal tissue of the nasal turbinates as well
  • Molding the...