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E-point Septal Separation in the Patient with Congestive Heart Failure

Perhaps never explained so clearly, Cisewki and Alerhand’s article on EPSS is a wonderful read. Bottom line to remember: EPSS > 7 mm was 87% sensitive and 75% specific at identifying reduced EF (<50%).  This is the cutoff generally used to point to an abnormal EF (but isn’t it all about stroke volume, really?)Read more

Lidocaine for cough?

Whether it’s asthma, a U.R.I., or post nasal drip as the cause, cough is a common enough complaint encountered by emergency physicians everywhere. Of course you must always rule out the dangerous causes of cough (PNA, Measles, PE, Heart failure, CHF, lung cancer PVCs ) but once thats done, you still have to treat theRead more

Measles redux!

A quick search of sinaiem.org for the keyword measles brings up a solitary post from 2015, and it’s not actually about measles. With all the attention that measles has been getting in the news recently, now seems like a great time to revisit measles as a disease process, and go a little deeper than justRead more

The Apple Watch Heart Study

Disclosure: I’m a huge Apple Fan. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the Apple watch, many of you reading this are wearing one right now. On April 24th, 2015 it joined a long list of wearable wrist devices that can monitor things like steps, energy expenditure, and even heart rate (1).Read more

Peritonsillar Abscess I&D…Can you ditch the endocavitary probe?

Today’s post is inspired by real-life events and comes with a video (consent given by the patient and providers). The case: 29M presents with dysphonia, odynophagia, and drooling. He is hypertensive, with a low-grade fever, but he is maintaining his airway and has a good respiratory rate/o2 saturation. Examination of the posterior oropharynx shows aRead more

Look into my seeing EYE ball

THE EYE EXAM Keep it basic… APD Intra-ocular Pressures: Tono-pen v Applanator (Goldmann) Visual Acuity or be a Slit Lamp KWEEN Move outside in: Lids → Eyeball Lids: ducts, eyelashes, orbital lesions or findings EYE: Full EOM assessment and conjunctival assessment Anterior: Cornea for opacity, irregularities, fluericin staining for abrasions/ulcerations. Anterior chamber assessment for “cellRead more