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Emergency Medical Minute


Feb 23, 2021

Contributor:  Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Differential Diagnosis: non-accidental trauma, febrile seizure, meningitis, hyponatremia, epilepsy
  • Convulsions with gastroenteritis is a known entity to cause seizures in infancy
    • Predominantly occurs in ages 6 months to 3 years
    • Occur with diarrheal episodes
    • No...

Feb 22, 2021


Contributor:  Nick Tsipis, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Epinephrine: alpha-1, alpha-2, beta-1, and beta 2 agonist - used in cardiac arrest with positive effects on ROSC in prehospital and peri-hopsital setting
  • Norepinephrine: alpha-1 and beta-1 agonist - used in septic shock to increase cardiac output and...

Feb 16, 2021

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Small capsule pacemaker (2.5 cm, 1 ml volume) resides in the heart without any associated wires or leads like a traditional pacemaker
  • The new version has a 6 year battery life, after which it can be deactivated and a traditional pacemaker put in place
  • Cost is around 2-4...

Feb 15, 2021

Contributor: Peter Bakes , MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Pediatric Fever + Rash Differential: scarlet fever, measles, rubella, chicken pox, fifth’s disease, HHV-6, adenovirus, anaphylaxis, Kawasaki’s disease
  • Kawasaki’s is diagnosed clinically with prolonged fever (>7 days fever in <6 months > 5 days of fever >6 months...

Feb 12, 2021

Contributor: Rachael Duncan, PharmD BCPS

Educational Pearls: 

  • According to the Department of Public Health and Environment who puts out a weekly report on the influenza virus in Colorado, there appears to be less influenza in Colorado than previous years 
  • A milder influenza outbreak is likely due to mask wearing and...