Why don’t we wash our hands?

Courtesy of the SMACC Podcast, my hand hygiene talk from SMACC Chicago has just been released… Enjoy!

Hand hygiene is widely regarded as the bedrock for the prevention of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). HAIs are among the biggest killers in modern medicine. Yet, hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers remains woefully poor.

Why can’t we learn the lessons that Semmelweis taught us nearly 150 years ago? If we can’t teach intelligent healthcare workers to wash their hands properly, what hope do we have as medical educators? This is both a patient safety and a medical education priority. Our patients’ lives are at risk and they deserve better. So, how can we change our patient’s microbiological cultures? By changing our culture.

The power, it seems, is in our hands.

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LITFL Review #207

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Welcome to the 207th 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 chuck of FOAM.

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week


Brilliant talk by Roger Harris from SMACCUS weaves the pillars of medical ethics with space-time continuum theorem to explore When to Stop Resuscitation. [JS]

The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • EMUpdates features an excellent talk from Reuben Strayer on how to use and how not to use opioids. [AS]
  • Do you use a checklist for RSI in your ED? The team over at HEFTEMcast discuss the evidence and the potential benefits. [CC]
  • RAGE podcast is back with the late and great John Hinds defending direct laryngoscopy over video laryngoscopy in the field[CC]
  • Vibha Gupta reviews intravascular complications of CVC insertion by site on Core EM. [SR]
  • Courtney Casella reviews the evidence for Age-Adjusted D-Dimer testing on EM Docs. [SR]
  • This week’s FOAMcast is all about lacerations. [MG]
  • Taming the SRU has another great bread and butter feature, this time on dizziness. [MG]
  • This week’s SGEM reviews the evidence for mechanical CPR. Don’t forget to check the recent REBELCast on the same topic. [MG]
  • A great blog from emDocs on ED handovers; the problems and what we can do to improve. [SL]
  • Ken Milne and Rory Spiegel discuss why the most recent meta-analysis on endovascular treatment for ischemic stroke doesn’t bring us any closer to a definitive answer despite methodological rigor. [SR]
  • Justin Morgenstern at First 10 in EM discusses management of status epilepticus in the emergency department…don’t forget to ask about the patient’s glucose 1st. [SR]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care

#FOAMped Paediatrics

The Best of #FOANed Nursing

The Best of Medical Education and Social Media

News from the Fast Lane

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Eyes-On Wearable Ultrasound and IR Glasses for Easy Venipuncture, Maybe Much More


Wearable-ultrasoundEvena Medical, a Roseville, CA firm, is releasing an ultrasound and near-infrared device for vein viewing that clinicians can simply wear like a pair of bulky glasses. The Eyes-On glasses apparently use Epson‘s Moverio technology that displays an image laid over the wearer’s field of view.

The glasses project both infrared light and ultrasound onto the skin, the first for viewing peripheral veins, while the latter for deeper targets such as the femoral vein and artery. The returning images are captured by their respective sensors and turned into an image that’s viewed right over the patient’s skin in real time.

The nurse doesn’t require an extra hand to use the Eyes-On glasses and can quickly move between patients without pushing a cart around.

Here’s a video Evena provided to show off DeepVu wearable ultrasound used within the Eyes-On glasses:


Check out the peripheral vasculature visualization using the glasses:

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