Welcome to @WUSTL_EM #EMConf, the #FOAMed Edition. The purpose of this weekly column is to identify #FOAMed resources that reinforce and expand on the concepts/facts discussed during weekly conference. Please post additional resources as comments below or tweet to @WUSTL_EM.
1. Core Content - Eye Emergencies
Dr. Philip Chan @ provided high yield information on causes of vision loss, a topic covered in the always helpful Life in the Fast Lane. Afterwards, head over to Academic Life in EM and work through the AIR Series, HEENT module, covering topics like "The Red Eye" and ocular ultrasound.
2. The Man and the Machine
Dr. Sean Cavanaugh gave us an amazing lecture covering his approach to LVAD patients, and how to troubleshoot common problems. Summary? #Treat_The_Pt_Then_The_Machine
For more, head over to ED ECMO and get the basics from a review article by Dr. Partyka.
Once you have an idea about how LVAD's work, learn how to troubleshoot managing the crashing LVAD patient. Head over to EM Crit for a podcast and then to the Maryland CC project for video lecture.
3. Approach to chest xrays
The Resident Focker family gave us a practical approach to chest xrays. Summary? #Haveasystem.
A quick pocket tool for reading chest xrays can be found at Life in the Fast Lane. If you are an intern and new to radiographs, perhaps start with an interactive learning tool by Dr. Lieberman
4. QI: Early Septic shock, Sedation troubleshooting
Dr. Oberle reviewed the topics of early sepsis management, and common ED sedation complications.
Dr. Oberle commented on recent publications regarding the benefit of earlier antibiotics in sepsis, see last weeks. #FOAM supplement for reference. In addition, EM Lit of Note is also questioning the survival benefit.
Want to be a master of the ED procedural sedation ? Start by using a Sedation checklist by EM Updates, then go on to watch the Sedation Trilogy for sedation troubleshooting tips
5. Msk review: The foot part 1
Dr. Joy English gave us a nice introduction on foot injuries. Summary? #Useyourtools. Check out the The Ultrasound Site where they cover ultrasound diagnostics to potential foot and ankle injuries.
The dude abides,
Louis Jamtgaard PGY-4