Browsing: April 2014

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Backboards: Do They Really Have Your Back? Spinal immobilization has long been considered standard practice for pre-hospital trauma patients. Placing patients on long spinal boards is one of the most
Understanding Alcoholic Ketoacidosis A 49-year-old male with a history of alcohol abuse presents to the ED with complaints of generalized abdominal pain and vomiting for the last 36 hours. The patien
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Council of Review Committee Residents Meeting It's been a busy beginning to 2014. The week after our EMRA Board of Directors retreat for strategic planning, I traveled to Chicago for the biannual Cou
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The Times They are A'Changing The world of emergency medicine education has been inundated by talk of competency-based assessments. As you may have noticed, the Milestones have arrived, and they've b
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Management of Hypothermia from Wilderness to the ED Wilderness medicine entails the treatment of exposure-related maladies in the middle of nowhere. Well, not always. While this blossoming field of e
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A Guide to International Emergency Medicine Fellowships Finding Your Niche in the World There are over 30 International Emergency Medicine (IEM) fellowship programs, with more being added every year.
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Osteopathic EM: Two Roads, One Destination The Changing Training Landscape In February 2014, after months of discussion, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Accreditation Council for G
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A Brief Review of Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure A 56-year-old male with a history of end stage COPD, sarcoidosis, and pulmonary hypertension comes into your ED in respiratory failure. His initial o
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The CV Conundrum How is it that one document causes so much angst and stress in its creation? Perhaps it's because that one document plays such an important role in our futures. It seems unfair that