Protocol for lung ultrasound in COVID-19 patients

Lung PoCUS can rapidly diagnose the underlying etiology at the bedside of the acutely dyspneic patient. Lung PoCUS has excellent test characteristics for the diagnosis of...

GCS Remastered: Recent Updates to the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS-P)

Most clinicians are familiar with and utilize the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) on a daily basis, but many are not aware of the updates and additions to the score that were made in...

End-of-life care in the ED related to COVID-19

Hot off the press from CJEM; End-of-life care in the Emergency Department for the patient imminently dying of a highly transmissible acute respiratory infection (such as COVID-19).

Ottawa Handbook of Emergency Medicine

The Ottawa Handbook of Emergency Medicine is a peer-reviewed resource designed to help you succeed in the Emergency Department. Developed for clerkship students, junior...

Managing Stress and Anxiety related to COVID-19

As Bob Dylan once said; “Times, they are a-changin'”. With respect to the novel coronavirus-19 (COVID-19), the situation in Canada and around the globe is changing rapidly and...

ATLS Trauma Update (2018)

Dr. Michael Woo is a staff Emergency Physician and trauma team leader at the Ottawa Hospital. At this years NCCEM conference he presented an update on ATLS trauma care. The 10th...

Point-of-Care Echocardiography

In non-emergency medicine literature, cardiac Point-of-Care Ultrasound is termed “focused cardiac ultrasound” or “FoCUS,” and has been the subject of national cardiology and...
Aortic Dissection – A Needle in a Haystack

Aortic Dissection – A Needle in a Haystack

A 65-year-old male self-presents to the Emergency Department (ED) with sudden-onset severe chest pain. The pain was sharp, lasted 30 minutes, and has now resolved. His vitals and ECG are normal, and his high-sensitivity troponin testing is negative. He has a normal...

Vector-Borne Illness P2: the Chikun or Zika?

Vector-Borne Illness P2: the Chikun or Zika?

In part one of this two-part series, we took a bite out of Lyme disease and Malaria (see what we did there?). In this part, we'll be covering African tick-bite fever, African sleeping sickness, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika. Fever in the returning traveler is always a...

Effects of a high-dose 24-h infusion of tranexamic acid on death and thromboembolic events in patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding (HALT-IT): an international randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

Effects of a high-dose 24-h infusion of tranexamic acid on death and thromboembolic events in patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding (HALT-IT): an international randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

Methodology: 4/5 Usefulness: 4/5 HALT-IT Trial Collaborators. Lancet. 2020 Jun 20;395(10241):1927-1936 Questions and Methods: This was an international, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with the objective to quantify the effect of TXA on death due to...

ROTEM in Trauma: Blood is thicker with Wine – Part 2

ROTEM in Trauma: Blood is thicker with Wine – Part 2

In Part 2 of ROTEM for Trauma: Blood is Thicker with Wine – we will review the approach to interpreting ROTEM and how it can guide massive transfusion in the injured and bleeding patient. We will also touch on the practical considerations for starting a ROTEM program...

ROTEM in Trauma: Blood is thicker with Wine – Part 1

ROTEM in Trauma: Blood is thicker with Wine – Part 1

In this post, we’ll discuss viscoelastic hemostatic assays (VHAs), namely ROTEM (Rotational Thromboelastometry), and how we can use this tool to enhance the care of traumatically injured patients. This is the first in a two-part series. This part reviews the Evidence...

Vector-Borne Illness: Lyme disease and Malaria

Vector-Borne Illness: Lyme disease and Malaria

In part one of a two-part series on vector-borne illnesses, we seek to take a deep dive into Lyme disease and Malaria. For more on the other vector-borne illnesses, check out part two!   The only helpful way to distinguish between all these illnesses is the...

Point-of-Care Echocardiography

Point-of-Care Echocardiography

In non-emergency medicine literature, cardiac Point-of-Care Ultrasound is termed “focused cardiac ultrasound” or “FoCUS,” and has been the subject of national cardiology and intensive care guidelines. It is used by emergency medicine, trauma, internal medicine,...

Ottawa Handbook of Emergency Medicine

Ottawa Handbook of Emergency Medicine

The Ottawa Handbook of Emergency Medicine is a peer-reviewed resource designed to help you succeed in the Emergency Department. Developed for clerkship students, junior residents, off-service learners, nurses, paramedics and any other interested allied health...

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