Ottawa Handbook of Emergency Medicine

 We are excited to introduce the Fifth edition of The Ottawa Handbook of Emergency Medicine. Your bedside guide for approaches to various Emergency Medicine presentations.

Highlights of the Fifth edition include the addition of: general surgery emergencies, pediatric orthopedic presentations, and updates in pediatric fever + more! 

Pediatric Traumatic Cardiac Arrest

Pediatric Traumatic Cardiac Arrest

Trauma is the leading cause of child and youth mortality globally (1). Pediatric trauma is a high acuity but low frequency event (2). Trauma is children is 7 times less frequent in comparison to the adult population (2). There is a well-documented correlation amongst...

Ottawa POCUS Symposium

Ottawa POCUS Symposium

Take your POCUS Game to the Next Level Who should attend:  Staff and resident physicians and other practitioners who take care of acutely unwell patients.  Plenary Talks: Working up the “nerve” to “block” pain in the ED: is it time to change our approach? - Dr Alice...

BHP Corner: Acute Behavioural Disturbances

BHP Corner: Acute Behavioural Disturbances

Introduction  Emergency health care places paramedics and healthcare providers are at the intersection of complex ethical considerations and legal obligations when addressing acute behavioural disturbances. The need for immediate treatment or physical/chemical...

PTM Journal Club Recap: Hypoglycemia and NSTEMI Care

PTM Journal Club Recap: Hypoglycemia and NSTEMI Care

At this month’s PTM Journal Club, two topics were covered; the use of intranasal (IN) glucagon for hypoglycemia and preshospital triage of chest pain patients. Haamid et al. (2023) conducted a retrospective chart review to determine if the use of intranasal glucagon...

The Way is Shut: Aortic Stenosis Part 2

The Way is Shut: Aortic Stenosis Part 2

In part 1 of this series, we focused on the physiologic and hemodynamic consequences of aortic stenosis, as well as management in atrial fibrillation and procedural sedation. In this part, we will focus on the management of decompensated aortic stenosis with heart...

The Way is Shut: Aortic Stenosis

The Way is Shut: Aortic Stenosis

Aortic Stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease in Canada. In fact, after hypertension and coronary artery disease, it is the third most common cardiovascular condition. The prevalence of valvular heart disease increases sharply with age. Approximately 1 in...

Decoding Code Status: A Goals of Care Framework

Decoding Code Status: A Goals of Care Framework

In general, the public perception of CPR is filled with inaccuracies, and recently the New Yorker wrote about the Hidden Harms of CPR. In the article, Dr. Sunita Puir, a palliative care doctor, talks about how it is an “open secret in medicine that CPR is brutal and...

Emergency Department Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta in Trauma Patients With Exsanguinating Hemorrhage: The UK-REBOA Randomized Clinical Trial

Emergency Department Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta in Trauma Patients With Exsanguinating Hemorrhage: The UK-REBOA Randomized Clinical Trial

Methodology: 2/5 Usefulness: 2/5 Jansen JO, et al. JAMA. 2023 Oct 12:e2320850.  Editorial: Contemporary Adjuncts to Hemorrhage Control. Question and Methods: Multi-center pragmatic Bayesian RCT comparing 90d all-cause mortality and 10 secondary outcomes in trauma...

Change: Why Healthcare Reform is More Important Than Ever

Change: Why Healthcare Reform is More Important Than Ever

As you've gleaned from the title of this blog post, today we are focusing our conversation on CHANGE; with a particular emphasis on its implications in healthcare. However, before we get deep in the weeds, it's important that we acknowledge the elephant in the room;...

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