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Pediatric Emergencies Brewcast: Pediatric Fever

Emergency Medical Minute collaborated with CarePoint Health in early March for a night of education on Pediatric Emergencies geared towards mid-level providers at a local Denver brewery for our latest Brewcast. Pediatric patients require special considerations compared to adults when receiving medical care, and that remains true when dealing with fevers across different age ranges….

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Podcast 580:  Origin of PPE  

Contributor: Michael Hunt, MD Educational Pearls: PPE, or personal protective equipment, has become a major talking point since the emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19). While ubiquitous now, there was not always equipment to protect health care providers or patients from infectious exposures. The invention of  surgical gloves are credited to surgeon William Halsted….

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Podcast 531:  Migraine Cocktail 

Contributor: Don Stader, MD Educational Pearls: The classic migraine cocktail includes: Reglan (or other dopamine antagonist), Benadryl, Toradol, Decadron, and IV fluids.  The most effective agent in the cocktail is a dopaminergic agent  Routine IV fluids have not shown efficacy  There is no evidence for pre-treatment of akathisia with diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Decadron reduces rebound headache …

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Podcast 524:  Bacterial Endocarditis 

Contributor: Sue Chilton, MD Educational Pearls: More intracardiac devices and injection drug abuse are thought to be increasing incidence of endocarditis Classic signs of endocarditis have included: Osler nodes (painful hemorrhagic lesions on hands and feet), Janeway lesions (painless hemorrhagic lesions on the hands and feet), and splinter hemorrhages in the nail beds Other classic…

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Podcast 508: Are you with child?

Contributor: Chris Holmes, MD Educational Pearls: In ancient Egypt, pregnant women would urinate over barley and wheat seeds to help determine the sex of thier fetus, as well as if they were pregnant. Amazingly, this has 70% accuracy (!!) for determining pregnancy (not sex). Piss Prophets in the middle ages would examine urine for changes…

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Podcast # 422: ED Opioid Prescription Trends

Author: Jared Scott, MD Educational Pearls:   From 1996 to 2012, the total quantity of opioids prescribed increased 647% for non-cancer pain Office based prescriptions accounted for 84% of the total opioid prescriptions, up from 64% The total share of opioids prescribed from the emergency department declined from 10% to 3.9% but Total opioids prescribed…

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Podcast #304: Nostalgia

Author: Dylan Luyten, MD Educational Pearls Johannes Hoffer coined term Nostalgia in 1688 in his medical dissertation.   Nostalgia was a formal medical diagnosis, and one that dates back to 17th century when soldiers had longing for home and melancholy with a constellation of symptoms including lethargy, sadness, disturbed sleep, heart palpitations, GI complaints, and/or…

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Podcast #299: Black Death, Lice, Math, and Pottery

Author: Chris Holmes, M.D. Educational Pearls It’s estimated that about 25 million people died during the Black Plaque. Researchers have confirmed this number by assessing how much old, broken pottery was buried in front of homes and churches from that time period. Traditional thinking has been that the Black Plague was spread primarily by flea…

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Podcast #268: Poiseuille’s Law

Author:  Dave Rosenberg, M.D. Educational Pearls Poiseuille’s Law addresses the flow of a fluid through a tube. Many common ED presentations involve alterations in flow: asthma, MI, ischemic stroke, etc. According to the law, flow increases with the 4th power of the radius. That is to say, doubling the radius of the tube will increase…

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Podcast #229: Andrew Jackson

Author: Sam Killian, M.D. Educational Pearls Andrew Jackson was the 7th president of the USA. He served 2 terms from 1829-1837. He had had many medical issues during his presidency. He was said to be chronically underweight with rotting teeth. Furthermore, he had chronic infections and lead poisoning from bullets lodged in his arm and…

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