Headaches are the most common complication of doing a lumbar puncture (LP). Let’s dive into what causes them, how to prevent them, and what to do when patients come back suffering from a post-LP headache. Some major theories on why post-LP headaches develop: Cause of the post-LP headaches is still highly debated! Theories: Timeline: Demographics: […]
Let’s talk about large bore/central vascular access! We’ll review different kinds, their different names, and when to use them!Of note outside the scope of this review: how to insert each of these – I think this is better learned by watching videos, watching others, & doing with guidance.This is also by no means a comprehensive […]
Causes, prevention, presentation and treatment of LAST: Local Anesthetic Systemic toxicity
The PENG block is an effective, easy and safe way to provide analgesia to acute traumatic hip injuries
Ultrasound probe movements, the quest of the good vein, out-of-plane technique and in-plane technique of the ultrasound-guided intravenous line
Central Line Week TR Pearl Series (all three pearls combined for this post) by Ryan LeBuhn, PGY-3 Informed Consent I once described the risks of a procedure so thoroughly that the patient no longer wanted the procedure, though avoiding the procedure put her in greater danger than doing it would have. The next time I […]
CSF shunts – these are the most common pediatric neurosurgery procedure done in the United States. While very common, these also have the highest rate of neurosurgical complications. About 50% fail within the first year, and the median survival of a shunt is usually 8-10 years, so a patient can expect 2-3 shunt revisions over the course of 20 years.
In addition to his love of ketamine and proper PSA technique, Reuben Strayer has written and talked extensively about ED intubations. Here is his checklist so that you can minimize complications and maximize your success: For more information check out his website with great resources/learning at emupdates.
Alright, you did it. LP complete! You look at those crystal clear tubes, and say to yourself…. “Ohhh yeah, champagne tap!” But then…you realize you ordered 9000 tests on these few drops of precious fluid and have no idea how to correctly ship them off to the lab. First, you ask around. No one seems […]
As ED physicians, we fear the patient we can’t intubate, can’t ventilate. We’ve had a rash of emergency cricothyrotomies in our ED recently. Though rare, you never know when you might need to perform this life saving procedure. Review the brief overview of the steps of the procedure below so you’ll be ready to step […]
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