Browsing: May 2016

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Weighed Down by Words: How to Recognize and Avoid Anchoring Bias “Chief complaint: flank pain.” I started thinking about my differential: nephrolithiasis, urinary tract infection, pyelonephritis, pel
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Q & A: Medical Student Council - New Leadership, Same Goal The EMRA Medical Student Council is among the busiest branches of our bustling association, with student membership growing exponentially in
Spotlight on An International EM Doc Hilmar Kjartansson, MD, FACEM, a native of Grindavik, Iceland (a small fishing town near Reykjavik), works as the clinical director of emergency medicine at the N
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Amal Mattu, MD, FACEP (@amalmattu) You might know Amal Mattu as a social media giant, with 16,600 Twitter followers, countless readers of his popular blog, ECGWeekly, and an army of faithful podcast
Unforeseen Dangers: Keeping an Eye on Endophthalmitis A 58-year-old female presents to the ED with a chief complaint of right eye pain. She underwent cataract surgery 2 days prior and has experienced
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A Leg Up: Management of Chronic Wounds in the ED A 54-year-old male with a history of hypertension and morbid obesity presents to the emergency department (ED) with bilateral foot, ankle, and calf pa
Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Not all Stridor is Croup Although a common presenting symptom, stridor can be the first sign of a serious and potentially life-threatening condition within the pediatric po
MedWAR: Are You Up for the Challenge? You are in a canoe with two friends crossing a lake when suddenly one of them loses consciousness and falls overboard, tipping the canoe and all of its contents
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Top 5 Charting Pitfalls In general, residents receive very little education in billing and coding. But there's value in being able to quickly and efficiently churn out patient notes while achieving t
How LOW Can You Go? Sulfonylurea-Induced Hypoglycemia A 66-year-old female with a past medical history of diabetes mellitus type two and dementia presents to your emergency department with hypoglycem