At the recent Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress in San Juan there were several very successful and productive events for the EM-CCM community. I would like to recognize the outstanding leadership of the SCCM EM Section for their roles in developing these events - Chair: Tim Ellender, Immediate Past-Chair: Julie Mayglothling, Chair-Elect: Isaac Tawil, and Secretary/Treasurer: Brian Wessman.Read More »
Halting “The COB”
I know this sounds familiar: An 87 yo female presents via EMS from her nursing home for “altered mental status” times one day. EMS isn’t quite sure of her baseline mental status but states she does have dementia, history of previous CVA, indwelling Foley, Peg tube, COPD, and “a few stents,” oh and yes, she’s a “Full Code.” When I call the nursing home, staff tells me that at baseline “she sometimes can tell us her name, but today she couldn’t” so they decided to call the ambulance.Read More »
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“Diplomates of the AOBEM may sit for the Critical Care Medicine examination”
As of the past BOS meeting, Osteopathic EM residency graduates with additional training in Critical Care Medicine are now recognized by the ACOI as candidates for the Critical Care Medicine CAQ.
Looking Glass: A Vision for Ultrasound
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There is no doubt that clinician-performed ultrasonography has taken the medical world by storm. Technology that was once completely within the purview of radiologists has worked its way into the ED, the intensive care unit, and even into outpatient practice. Professional societies offer training courses and there are commercial enterprises that will teach physicians how to perform rapid, accurate bedside ultrasound for diagnostic and procedural purposes.
EM at Crossroads: a Book Review
Emergency medicine in the United States is at a crossroads. The purpose of the emergency physician is being determined as we speak by legislators and hospital administrators. Our role in the hospital is slowly being forced to evolve to that of a provider of primary care, available without appointment, 24 hours a day. This is laudable and a boon for patients; it is however very different than the original purpose of our specialty.Read More »
EMRA PressorDex now available for download to your iPhone or iPad….just when you need it; yes, even in the Resuscitation Bay!! Read More »