LITFL Review 275

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Welcome to the 275th LITFL Review! Your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the blogosphere’s best and brightest and deliver a bite-sized chunk of FOAM.

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week

Nick Cummins

What is the value of a lecture? How do we get the most out of attending and giving one? Rob Orman discusses with one of the best, Amal Mattu. [AS, SR]

Simon and Rob round up the recent trauma care conference in the UK with updates on some really important topics from EBM, PEM and PHEM-US. [CC]

The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care

The Best of #FOAMed Resuscitation

The Best of #FOAMus Ultrasound

  • The interscalene block is extremely effective in providing analgesia to the shoulder, deltoid and humeral area. 5 Minute Sono has an excellent video on how to do it. [AS]
  • Phil Rola has another great case demonstrating the value of POCUS in the differential diagnosis of dyspnoea. [SO]
  • Do you have ultrasound clips for teaching that need de-identifying? Ben Smith has updated his software that allows you to do just that! [SO]

The Best of #FOAMim Internal Medicine


The Best of Medical Education and Social Media

  • The EMPharmD blog and our own Life in the Fastlane both feature posts this week on related topics: burnout, depression,  and mental health in medicine. [AS, SR]
  • Janos Baombe asks what is your eating hygiene at work?  Some great tips on how to improve your diet while on a busy shift. [SR]
  • Loice Swisher talks about the top 3 ways she has kept longevity without burnout in EM. [SR]

News from the Fast Lane

Reference Sources and Reading List

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Last update: Mar 27, 2017 @ 8:31 am

LITFL Review 275
Marjorie Lazoff, MD

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 182

LITFL: Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog
LITFL: Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog

Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 182.

Question 1

Many of you will be aware of the Hawthorn effect (individuals modify an aspect of their behaviour in response to their awareness of being observed). But what was the original study and where was it studied?

  • The term was coined in 1958 by Henry A. Landsberger when analyzing earlier experiments from 1924-32 at the Hawthorne Works (a Western Electric factory outside Chicago).
  • The Hawthorne Works had commissioned a study to see if their workers would become more productive in higher or lower levels of light. The workers’ productivity seemed to improve when changes were made, and slumped when the study ended.
  • There were other experiments and changes done in the factory but the lighting experiment is most commonly quoted. [Reference]

Question 2

What is the greater risk to life on a desert island, coconuts or sharks?

  • Although its difficult to get true numbers approximately 150 people die each year from coconuts, 10x the numbers of people killed by sharks. [Reference]

Question 3

Which British female comedian is an ex-Psychiatric nurse?

Question 4

What is the strongest muscle in the body?

  • Masseter 
  • Recorded in the Guinness World Records to exert 4337N – now that’s a nasty bite. [Reference]

Question 5

Reputedly the first punk band, these guys got together in the early ’60s while ‘some folks prefer water or wine, they prefer straight strychnine’… Who are they?

  • The Sonics

Last update: Mar 25, 2017 @ 8:48 am

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 182
Neil Long