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Podcast #75: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Run Time: 11 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: CO poisoning is often seasonal – fall/winter – because people are turning on their old furnaces that have not been used for months. Common signs and symptoms include dizziness, headache, nausea, and fatigue. To test for CO poisoning test for carboxyhemoglobin – a normal pulse…

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Podcast #74: CAP vs. HCA Pneumonia

Run Time: 11 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Pneumonia is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States – Pneumonia is coined an old man’s best friend. Pneumonia is classified by where it is, what type of infection it is, walking or classic, and the big one is community acquired vs….

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Podcast #73: Imaging for Kidney Stones

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Dr. Jared Scott Educational Pearls: From 1992 to 2009, the number of CTs used to diagnose kidney stones has tripled. The radiation given by a CT of the abdomen and pelvis is roughly equivalent to the radiation given by 100 chest Xrays. American College of Radiologygg reports even one CT scan…

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Podcast #72: SCIWORA

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Dr. Suzanne Chilton Educational Pearls: SCIWORA is an acronym for Spinal Cord Injury Without Radiographic Abnormality. This name was appropriate prior to the invention of the MRI, as now MRIs can usually find some abnormality missed on an Xray or CT. This type of injury occurs most often in children because…

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Podcast #71: Pityriasis Rosea

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Dr. Samuel Killian Educational Pearls: Pityriasis rosea is a papulosquamous rash believed to be caused by a virus (although no one has identified the agent) presenting with a salmon-colored patch followed by the presentation of lesions that follow the cleavage lines forming a “christmas tree” pattern. Treatment is supportive with antihistamines…

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Podcast #70: Pancreatic Injuries

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Dr. Brent Levy Educational Pearls: Pancreatic injuries are generally associated with blunt trauma and high velocity causing compression of the pancreas into the spine. 3-5% of intra-abdominal trauma injuries involve the pancreas. CT scans are not very effective in diagnosing a pancreatic injury. A clinical diagnosis usually comes from relating history…

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Podcast #69: Critical Airway Management

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Dr. Aaron Lessen Educational Pearls: Over the last few years, general consensus has strayed away from pre-hospital intubation in the field. This is because it has been found that interruptions to CPR (namely intubation and airway management) decrease the success of the patient. This was believed to be solved via the quick…

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Podcast #68: Beer!

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Dr. Michael Hunt Educational Pearls: 1/3 of Americans have Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X. The risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome are obesity, lack of physical activity, and genetics. You need three of the five qualifications to be diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome. Waistline greater than 40 inches for men and 35 inches…

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Podcast #67: Snake Bites

Run Time: 7 minutes Author: Dr. Gregory Burcham Educational Pearls: Colorado has 20+ snake species, one of the poisonous types is the Prairie Rattlesnake. Snake venom causes issues with coagulopathy and neurological problems. 25% of rattlesnake bites are dry (without poison). This is often the case in adult rattlesnake bites. Baby rattlesnakes will always release…

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Podcast #66: Medications for Kidney Stones

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Dr. Jared Scott Educational Pearls: NSAIDS should be prescribed for all patients with kidney stones. This helps to reduce the hyperactivity of your ureter. Narcotics work well for treating kidney stone pain. This should be accompanied by NSAIDS for best results. Using diuretics or fluid therapy do not significantly treat kidney…

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