The end of the year is always a time for reflection, and while 2020 is a year that many of us want to forget, here at EMOttawa, we decided to take a look back at some of the most influential #FOAMed content to come out this year. We promise it isn’t ALL COVID-19 related, and we’re sorry if we missed something especially high yield! There are so many great #FOAMed contributions in the #Medtwitter world that we captured some of our favourite stuff from 2020.
Remembering Dr. Barbara Tatham
We open with what is probably the most important #FOAMed contribution this year, with an interview between Dr. Anton Helman and Dr. Barbara Tatham in the Barbara Tatham Memorial Podcast. Listen in as they talk about depersonalization, burnout and trends in physician compassion.
Stress, anxiety and everything in between – sometimes a prescription is the most helpful thing for patients:
When it comes to the stress and anxiety of COVID-19, we have some extra advice:
End-of-Life Care due to COVID-19
An unfortunate part of the reality in providing care to patients with COVID-19 is the eventuality that we will also need to provide End-of-Life care to some of our patients. Dr. Ariel Hendin et al. provide an easy to follow non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic symptom relief guide to help in the management of these patients:
COVID-19 Emergency Airway Management
Having a standard approach to high stakes airway management helps to ensure everybody is on the same page to ensure patient and provider safety:
Is COVID in the air tonight?
There has been a lot of hearty debate on whether or not COVID-19 is transmitted via aerosols. Fortunately, Dr. Justin Morgenstern has done the hard work for us and written the most robust, science-based article on droplet versus aerosolizing transmission. Very clearly a lot of work went into this, so we appreciate Justin doing the heavy lifting for us.
Vaccine Hesitancy, Fact Immunity and a Pandemic of Misinformation
It is no secret the amount of information disseminated in the midst of a global pandemic was massive – and consequently a wealth of misinformation and varied opinions were shared. REBEL EM has some great thoughts on approaching misinformation with patients and staying informed in the midst of the pandemic.
Tamiflu, stop it.
This one is great because it combines two of our favourite people – Justin Morgenstern and Ken Milne, with a podcast from SGEM on the utility (or lack thereof) of Tamiflu.
Resuscitative Thoracotomy Masterclass
2020 AHA Guidelines Infographics
The AHA updated their Guidelines for Basic and Advanced Life support. Our friends over at CanadiEM have done the hard work for us, and created a series of excellent summary infographics documenting the changes.
Another life saved
Most people in the #FOAMed world know Dr. Glaucomflecken for his ophthalmologic knowledge and comedic contributions to the world of #medTwitter. As most people know, he suffered a cardiac arrest this summer, and we were particularly moved by the thread he wrote after meeting the people who saved his life.
Today, I met the people who saved my life.
I’ve been tweeting about my cardiac arrest since I woke up in the ICU and re-downloaded twitter (@LGlaucomflecken deleted it for my own safety and concluded that if I could figure out how to get it back, I was safe to tweet again)
— Dr. Glaucomflecken (@DGlaucomflecken) July 31, 2020
In the midst of a global pandemic – this one is self-explanatory. Healthcare professionals have sacrificed their time, health and even their lives to help take care of the world this year. To all these heroes, we salute you – and thank you for your contributions during such a difficult year.
Did we miss anything that you found to be especially high yield? Comment below!