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In the spirit of roasts and fire-breathing dragons

You’re on a lovely amble through the backcountry when suddenly you see smoke rising nearby and catch a whiff of a familiar scent that throws you back to your med school OR days: burning flesh. You quickly find one obtunded, severely burned hiker who inadvertently set fire to his camp. After a quick airway assessmentRead 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

Don’t put that peanut in your nose, honey!

Here is a pearl about nasal foreign bodies:   The nose is the MC site of fb insertion, seen mostly in children <5 years. Most of the time, the risk of aspiration and complications are low. However, if the fb is a button battery or a set of paired disc magnets, the risks can beRead more

The Fascia Iliaca compartment block: as magical as it sounds!

In case you haven’t gotten to this month’s EM:RAP, there’s a really great segment on an important ED procedure that we definitely don’t do enough of in the ED: the nerve block. The section discusses the femoral nerve block and how to perform a fascia iliaca compartment block (the “3-in-1” block)–which hits 3 major nervesRead more

Thunderclap headache, but negative CT: now what?

A 45 year old male comes into the ED with a sudden, severe headache. It started while he was at work yesterday and was the worst of his life. It started feeling a little better, but hasn’t totally gone away and his wife made him come to get checked out. There are enough concerning featuresRead more

Applying the Pelvic Binder: Pearls and Pitfalls

Tl;dr: (1) Never rock the pelvis. Firmly squeeze and hold. (2) Consider quickly assessing for rectal or vaginal bleeding prior to binder application as this would suggest an open fx into the vag / rectal vault. It will be difficult to complete the exam once the binder is on. (3) The binder is applied overRead more

The Supraclavicular Subclavian

Traditionally, central line placement in the subclavian vein (SCV) involves a landmark-based approach in which the needle is guided under the clavicle. For the U/S lovers, there is an alternative approach to the subclavian in which the sono may be utilized: the supraclavicular subclavian. Anatomy: The goal is to cannulate the SCV just lateral toRead more

Oops…is that part important?

There you were, minding your own business when EMS brings you a sick-as-can-be patient, intubated in the field for who knows what. Someone gets overzealous with their trauma shears and cuts off the pilot balloon on the endotracheal tube. This happened to me twice in my PGY2 year. Obviously, this ETT will need to beRead more

Interscalene Nerve Block – Knockout That Upper Extremity

The Interscalene Block So, you want to provide local anesthesia to the patient with a broken clavicle or a dislocated shoulder. Maybe there’s a proximal / mid-humeral fracture or an injury over the deltoid. Whatever your needs may be, the interscalene block is an option for targeted anesthesia in the upper extremity to knock out partsRead more

Lower Extremity Nerve Block: The Posterior Tibial Nerve

Today’s lower extremity block is going to be the posterior tibial nerve. The sensory distribution should be helpful for things like foreign bodies that need to be taken out of the foot.     Anatomy – The largest of the five nerves at the level of the ankle, the posterior tibial nerve is posterior toRead more