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Emergency Medical Minute


Apr 9, 2020

The circumstances that led to the national shortage in PPE for healthcare workers, the inspiring work of New Orleans med students to equip medical providers with PPE and the science behind personal use of cloth masks are all topics covered in this special edition of the Emergency Medical Minute. 

Host: Elizabeth Esty,...

Mar 31, 2020

In the past two weeks, warnings, questions, and misinformation concerning COVID-19 and NSAID use have been pun intended..virally. The pace of this evolving pandemic and the equally quick pace of the news and social media news cycle have meant that information and misinformation travel equally fast. Today...

Oct 1, 2019

Contributor: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Only 10% of patients receiving antibiotics for strep throat actually have the diesease
  • Treatment of strep with antibiotics only slightly reduces the duration of illness. Most studies say the reduction is between 16 and 24 hours
  • Antibiotic treatment may reduce...

Jul 18, 2019

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • The CDC recommends rabies prophylaxis if there was a direct encounter with a possibly rabid animal except...
  • Bats are treated differently since their bites may be very superficial and not seen/felt. All people with possible close encounters with a bat should receive...

Jul 15, 2019

Contributor: Nick Hatch, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Dalbavancin (Dalvance®) is an antibiotic that can be used for skin and soft tissue infections, providing MRSA coverage
  • It cannot be used in other infections or sepsis
  • Dalbavancin may be appealing as a single dose lasts about 2 weeks
  • Expense is currently a large barrier...