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Emergency Medical Minute


May 31, 2021

Contributor:  Sam Killian, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Patients with cirrhosis and ascites are frequently evaluated for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, an infection of the ascites fluid that is not from a surgically treated source
  • Fever, abdominal pain, and altered mental status should all raise clinical suspicion in a...

May 28, 2021

This week's Pharmacy Phriday features a short excerpt from a longer podcast released as promo for the Colorado's CURE initiative, Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic, that combats the opioid crisis through education. Frequent contributor to the podcast, Rachael Duncan, PharmD, is joined by host, Elizabeth...

May 26, 2021

Contributor:  Chris Holmes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Medicine is cyclical and practice is always evolving
  • A description of recommended treatment for CHF from 1966
    • Give oxygen
    • Give one dose morphine then switch to demerol
    • Decrease venous return and start PPV
    • Immediately apply tourniquet to 3 extremities rotating...

May 25, 2021

Contributor:  Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Facial nerve palsy (Bell’s palsy) can occur in pediatric patients with Lyme disease, viral infection, or even leukemia
  • One trial sought out to find if steroids and acyclovir would benefit pediatric patients with facial nerve palsy
  • However, during screening process,...

May 24, 2021

Contributor: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Patients are more likely to survive an opioid overdose if they have naloxone
  • 10% risk of death in the year following an opioid overdose of patients seen in the ED
  • Those who receive naloxone:
    • Have better survival rates
    • Are more likely to enter recovery
    • Are more likely to...