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Emergency Medical Minute


Jan 29, 2024

Contributor: Aaron Lessen MD

Educational Pearls:

Is the adage, “GCS of 8, you’ve got to intubate” accurate? A recent study published in the November 2023 issue of JAMA attempted to answer this question.


  • Multicenter, randomized trial, in France from 2021 to 2023.

  • 225 patients experiencing comatose in the...

Jan 22, 2024

Contributor: Aaron Lessen MD

Educational Pearls:

  • A 2013 study randomized families of those in cardiac arrest into two groups:

    • Actively offered patients’ families the opportunity to observe CPR

    • Follow standard practice regarding family presence (control group)

  • Of the 266 relatives that received offers to...

Jan 15, 2024

Contributor: Ricky Dhaliwal, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Caused by:

    • Parainfluenza, Adenovirus, RSV, Enterovirus (big right now)

  • Age range:

    • 6 months to 3 years

  • Symptoms:

    • Barky cough

    • Inspiratory stridor (Severe = stidor at rest)

    • Use the Westley Croup Score to gauge the severity

  • Treatment:

    • High...

Jan 10, 2024

Contributor: Ricky Dhaliwal MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Three zones of the neck with different structures and risks for injuries:

    • Zone 1 is the most caudal region from the clavicle to the cricoid cartilage

    • Zone 2 is from the cricoid cartilage to the angle of the mandible

    • Zone 3 is superior to the angle of the...

Jan 8, 2024

Contributor: Kiersten Williams MD, Travis Barlock MD, Jeffrey Olson MS2


In this episode, Dr. Travis Barlock and Jeffrey Olson meet in the studio to discuss a clip from Dr. Williams’ talk at the “Laboring Under Pressure, Managing Obstetric Emergencies in a Global Setting” event from May 2023. This event...