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Emergency Medical Minute


Jun 26, 2023

Contributor: Chris Holmes MD

Educational Pearls:

  • “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards” - Transient Global Amnesia

    • A syndrome with sudden retrograde memory loss in which patients cannot retain new information

    • Characterized by perseveration in frequent intervals

    • Typically improves...

Jun 19, 2023

Contributor: Nicholas Tsipis, MD

Educational Pearls:

What study was Dr. Tsipis talking about?

  • In December of 2022, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) put out a study titled “Diagnostic Errors in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review.”

  • This study triggered many news stories from...

Jun 12, 2023

​​Contributor: Travis Barlock MD

Educational Pearls

  • The QT interval represents phases 2 and 3 of ventricular plateau and repolarization, respectively.

    • As the QT interval lengthens, more sodium and calcium channels are available and susceptible to action potentials.

  • Prolonged QT interval is more concerning in...

Jun 7, 2023

Contributors: Andrew White MD & Travis Barlock MD

In this follow-up episode Dr. Andrew White, a practicing psychiatrist with an addiction medicine fellowship, and Dr. Travis Barlock, an emergency physician at Swedish Medical Center, discuss mental health holds, psychiatric placement, pharmacologic vs. non-pharmacologic...

Jun 5, 2023

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

What is Tranq?

  • Tranq is the street name for xylazine, a sedative drug typically used in veterinary medicine.

  • Xylazine has recently emerged as a recreational drug, often mixed with heroin or fentanyl. 

  • The mechanism of action of xylazine is similar to...