Tiny Tip: Back Pain Differential Mnemonic

    Back pain is a common presentation to the Emergency Department. It is associated with disability, health care expenses, and a loss of wages and productivity. When caring for a patient and developing a back pain differential diagnosis, remember to consider age, the history, physical exam findings, laboratory results, and imaging (if needed). Be sure to keep in mind the red flags for back pain that include: history of IV drug use, ...

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My Heart Goes Boom… ß-Blockers in Cardiac Arrest

A 52-year-old male presents with chest pain. He arrests upon arrival to the Emergency Department and is found to be in ventricular fibrillation. You provide good CPR and defibrillate the patient, and treat him with doses of epinephrine and amiodarone in keeping with the ACLS algorithms. The patient continues to be in ventricular fibrillation despite even trying dual-sequential defibrillation and you are running out of other options for treatment. Should ß-Blockers be tried ...

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CRACKCast E100 – Gynecologic Disorders

This (centennial!) episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s Chapter 100, Gynecologic Disorders. This chapter covers the common presentation of pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding in the emergency department, including can’t miss life or organ diagnoses.   Shownotes – PDF Here Rosen’s in Perspective Pelvic pain and Vaginal bleeding is a common presentation in our departments!!! ***REMEMBER: all females or biologically anatomic females of childbearing potential are PREGNANT UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE*** After that, we look ...

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