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Emergency Medical Minute


Feb 28, 2022

Contributor: Nick Tsipis, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Acute hyperkalemia is characterized as serum K of 5.4 or higher in non-hemolyzed samples
  • Hyperkalemia is commonly associated with end stage renal disease, acute kidney injury or acute renal failure
  • Cardiac dysrhythmias are the primary concern with hyperkalemia, common...

Feb 23, 2022

Dr. Kim Nordstrom, a practicing emergency psychiatrist and associate professor with the University of Colorado, discusses various work-up models alongside valuable bedside tools for elderly patients with acute psychosis. In this podcast, she explores the methods to differentiate primary psychiatric psychosis from...

Feb 22, 2022

Contributor: Nick Tsipis, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Observational study in Israel evaluated cohort of vaccinated pregnant women receiving the initial Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine 
  • Looked at 24,288 newborns with about 16,697 exposed to maternal vaccination in utero
  • Longitudinal follow up showed no...

Feb 21, 2022

Contributor: Chris Holmes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Dr. Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, of the mid-1800s, was the first physician to suggest temperature was related to disease processes and his measurements set the 37˚C (98.6˚F) as the baseline temperature
  • Thermometers were adapted to be sold to the public with...

Feb 15, 2022

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • ACEP survey was done in 2018 looking at violence towards staff in the ED with only 10% of those solicited responding
  • Survey found 47% of respondents were assaulted and 71% had witnessed violence towards staff
  • Regarding what was done about the violence, 28% said patients...