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Emergency Medical Minute


Jan 30, 2023

Contributor: Travis Barlock, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Early repolarization a benign EKG pattern that can mimic an anterior STEMI
  • Can be seen in the anterior leads typically in young male patients
  • Can differentiate Early Repolarization vs Anterior STEMI by looking at four variables:
    • Corrected QT interval
    • QRS amplitude in...

Jan 16, 2023

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Hyperkalemia may cause cardiac arrest 
  • Treatment of suspected hyperkalemic cardiac arrest begins with typical management of cardiac arrest including high-quality CPR, defibrillation if appropriate, and resuscitation medications 
    • Administer calcium products to...

Jan 10, 2023

Contributor: Meghan Hurley, MD

Educational Pearls:

Educational Pearls:

  • Dental infections can be categorized into two main groups
    • Infections of the gums
      • Pericoronitis
        • Tooth eruption leading to inflammation/irritation
        • Can progress to an infection
        • Requires pain control, no antibiotics
      • Gingivitis
        • Inflammation of the...

Jan 9, 2023

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Commotio cordis is sudden ventricular fibrillation precipitated by direct impact to the chest 
  • A national registry, US Commotio Cordis Registry, reports an average of 10-20 cases annually 
    • 95% of reported cases occur in males, indicating possible genetic component 

Jan 4, 2023

Contributor: Chris Holmes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Through world history, there have been various interesting approaches to wound care
  • Ancient Egyptians applied honey, lint, and grease which provided antimicrobial, absorptive and moisturizing properties, respectively 
  • Ancient Greeks irrigated wounds with clean water and...