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Emergency Medical Minute


Sep 18, 2023

Contributor: Meghan Hurley MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Shift work is defined as anything that takes place outside of a 9-5 schedule, not exempting day-shift medical workers

  • Various ill effects of shift work on overall health:

    • Increased all-cause mortality

    • Increased number of accidents

    • Glucose...

Sep 11, 2023

Contributor: Aaron Lessen MD

Educational Pearls:

Why is airway management more difficult in obesity?

  • Larger body habitus causes the chest to be above the head when the patient is lying supine, creating difficult angles for intubation.

  • Reduced Functional Residual Capacity (FRC) causes these patients to deoxygenate...

Sep 4, 2023

Contributor: Nick Tsipis MD

Educational Pearls:

  • The scaphoid bone is the most proximal carpal bone just distal to the radius

  • Fractures of the scaphoid bone are sometimes missed by plain X-rays

    • A 2020 review found a 21.8% incidence of missed scaphoid fractures later diagnosed by advanced imaging modalities

    • Only...

Aug 28, 2023

Contributor: Aaron Lessen MD

Educational Pearls:

What is Carbamazepine (Tegretol)?

  • Carbamazepine is an anti-epileptic drug with mood-stabilizing properties that is used to treat bipolar disorder, epilepsy, and neuropathic pain.

  • It functions primarily by blocking sodium channels which can prevent repetitive action...

Aug 24, 2023

Contributor: Jason Papazian MD, Travis Barlock MD, Jeffrey Olson


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