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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

Health Information Exchange: Quest for the Omni-Chart.

Have you ever opened a chart of a very sick or obtunded patient, only to find it completely blank? Of course you have…probably at some point today. The minor panic that having to find vital collateral information in a timely fashion induces can be hard to shake. Is it unavoidable? Traditionally when health records wereRead more

Clinical Decision Support…your daily helper.

Continuing with the theme of clinical informatics, today we will touch on the topic of Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS), or sometimes just called Clinical Decision Support (CDS). The basic premise of clinical decision support is that it delivers timely and useful patient/disease/ or treatment-related information in an organized manner, with the goal of improvingRead more

What Is Clinical Informatics?

If you loved the super sexy topic of cerumen impaction yesterday…Well, hold on to your socks, because today we will continue our rousing educational foray by tackling the riveting question: What is Clinical Informatics? Shall we begin? According to the Oxford dictionary: Informatics is the science of processing data for storage and retrieval. In theRead more

Cerumen Impaction: an Update.

The last time www.sinaiem.org addressed the topic of cerumen (ear wax) impaction was in 2013. See this post: http://sinaiem.org/50yo-man-with-chest-pain-and-also-with-r-ear-pain/  If you’re like me, you likely believe that the world of cerumen impaction is a rather static one. Given that, another post on cerumen impaction would seem to be duplicative…Well you (and I) are wrong, and here’sRead more