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Emergency Medical Minute


May 13, 2020

Host: Elizabeth Esty, MD.

Smoking is known to increase both susceptibility and severity of all manner of colds and pneumonias, so you’d think the world's 1.1 billion smokers would be at risk in this pandemic of what at first seemed to be a just a respiratory virus. 

What’s more, tobacco smoking increases risk for...

Sep 16, 2019

Author: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Study from Hennepin County EM studied the efficacy of different drugs for agitation, which included 737 patients
  • Most patients in this study were male and *surprise* drunk
  • Compared doses of common sedatives with primary outcome of sedation at 15 minutes (all intramuscular)

Aug 12, 2019

Author: David Holland, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Hallucinogenics have been used for a variety of cultural and religious reasons for thousands of years
  • In the 1960’s a Harvard professor began experimenting with psilocybin mushrooms. There was resulting public outcry, eventually leading to all hallucinogens being listed...

Aug 2, 2019

Contributor: JP Brewer, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Obtaining collateral is often vital to determine the potential drugs accessible to the patient - this may include
  • After this, use ancillary sources such as EMS, family/friends, and police to determine the patient’s last normal, PMH and medications
  • To help separate

Jul 31, 2019

Contributor: JP Brewer, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Because of their smaller size, there are a variety of adult-dose pills that are potentially toxic to children. 
  • The most common categories of medications that may be toxic include cardiac, diabetic, pain, psychiatric, anti-malarial, and herbals/caustics 
  • Oral hypoglycemics...