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...

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...

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...

Approach to the ECG

Full PDF: ECG PDF

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...

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).
Performance Mindset: Expertise in Emergency Medicine

Performance Mindset: Expertise in Emergency Medicine

“The differences between expert performers and normal adults are not immutable, that is, due to genetically prescribed talent. Instead, these differences reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance.” - K. Anders Ericsson What defines...

The D-Dimer Dilemma: It’s Use In Low-Risk PE

The D-Dimer Dilemma: It’s Use In Low-Risk PE

Pulmonary embolism is often a nebulous diagnosis with various nuances. COMMON: They affect 25-100 people per 100,000, or approximately 30,000 Canadians every year Potentially FATAL: 3rd most deadly cardiovascular disease, after Heart Attack and Stroke Associated with...

SRPC COVID-19 Virtual In-Situ Simulation Curriculum

One of our residents, Dr. Wilson Lam is part of a team looking to offer Rurals EDs across Canada as a way to complement and grow their rural emergency medicine practice by helping develop SIM programs for rural doctors and ED's.  See the great video below and please...

A Crash Course on Competence Committees

A Crash Course on Competence Committees

A Competence Committee (CC) is a key component of Competence by Design (CBD), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s version of Competency-Based Medical Education. A CC is a sub-committee of the Residency Program Committee (RPC) that provides robust...

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in the ED- What a Headache!

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in the ED- What a Headache!

The diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) carries with it remarkable morbidity and mortality. Case fatality rates approach 50% 1,2 Of those who survive, half will experience chronic disability and a significant reduction in health-related quality of life1,2 Given...

“I’d like to work on my flow today”

“I’d like to work on my flow today”

You're starting your shift, and you're only moderately caffeinated. You meet your resident and they tell you that their goal for the shift is to "work on flow". You think, cool - let's see how many patients they see today. At least, that's how I thought about it the...

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...

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