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Emergency Medical Minute

 

Oct 4, 2022

Contributor: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • There are two major groups of local anesthetics: Amide and Esther 
    • To recall what group an anesthetic belongs to, use this memory trick:  

Amide has an ‘i’ in the name and Amide anesthetics have 2 ‘i’s e.g., Lidocaine.
Ester has no ‘i’ and most common...


Oct 3, 2022

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • 2020 retrospective study with dat from two California hospitals compared rates of cardiovascular admissions in a five day period two weeks before and the five days after the presidential election     
  • Hospitalization rate for acute cardiovascular disease increased by...


Sep 27, 2022

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • The management of severe asthma or COPD exacerbation is complex, especially when the patient requires intubation/ventilation
  • Asthma is an obstructive airway disease that can cause air trapping and hyperinflation of the lungs
  • To avoid worsening hyperinflation...


Sep 26, 2022

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Historically, pancreatitis has been treated with aggressive IV fluid rehydration. Recently published data shows this may not be appropriate.
  • A randomized, controlled, multi-hospital trial evaluated outcomes for patients with acute pancreatitis receiving lactated...


Sep 19, 2022

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Recent study looked at the impact of screen time on duration of post-concussive symptoms
  • 125 patients aged 12-25 diagnosed with a concussion were randomized to either abstain from or have unrestricted screen time for 48 hours after injury
  • Patients with unrestricted...