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Emergency Medical Minute


Nov 30, 2020

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Recent study looked at if mask wearing protects the mask wearer from infection
  • This group found 1.8% of mask wearers got COVID while 2.1% of non-mask wearers became infected, which was not statistically significant
  • This was not statistically significant and has been used...

Nov 27, 2020

Contributor: Rachael Duncan, PharmD

Educational Pearls: 

  • ED visits nationwide declined by 42% in April 2020 compared to the same time in 2019 largely due to the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic. The biggest decline was seen in pediatrics less than 14, women and emerging COVID hotspots like the Northeast.
  • In recent weeks,...

Nov 25, 2020

For this episode of Mental Health Monthly, EMM is honored to collaborate with the hosts of Millennial Mental Health Channel podcast to explain Borderline Personality Disorder and tips to manage patients with this diagnosis in the Emergency Department. Dr. Justin Romano is a third year psychiatry resident in...

Nov 24, 2020

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Contrary to many assumptions, meter-dose inhalers (MDIs) are as effective as nebulizers in pediatric and adult patients
  • Nebulizers are associated with higher rates of tremor, tachycardia; they cost more and are associated with longer ED stays
  • Though it may take some...

Nov 23, 2020

Contributor: Ryan Circh, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) can be the initial presenting condition of undiagnosed diabetes type I in pediatric patients
  • Unlike adults, children typically need less fluid (i.e. 10 mL/kg bolus for those in shock followed by maintenance)
  • Cerebral edema is a concern from...