Codeine is bad for children

Despite warnings by the FDA in 2013 to stop prescribing codeine to children due to the risk of respiratory depression and death, a study to be released this week in Pediatrics indicates that 5% of children post-tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy a…

The 52 in 52 review: Thrombolysis with Alteplase 3 to 4.5 Hours after Acute Ischemic Stroke

Article Citation                                                                                                                             Hacke W, Kaste M, Bluhmki E, Brozman M, et al; ECASS Investigators. Thrombolysis with alteplase 3 t…

Fight bite

21 yo male presents with laceration over his distal 4th metacarpal. Initially the patient doesn’t recall how the injury occurred, but with additional probing you discover he was in an altercation last night and punched another person in the…

Oculomotor palsy

A 74 yo female with hx of diabetes, HTN presents to the ED with new onset painless left sided diplopia for the last 24 hours. No change in visual acuity. The patient has no other symptoms. You examine the eye and left sided ptosis and a “do…

ER venous panel or BMP?

You have a patient who is in acute renal failure. You have sent an ER-venous panel that shows a Cr of 4.6, a BUN of 95, and a K of 6.5. You discuss these findings with your nephrology colleagues who request you get the “more accurate” basic…


74 yo F with hx of CAD, afib, HLD, severe LV dysfunction is brought in by EMS as a notification for a STEMI. A 12-lead EKG in your ED shows the same as the EMS EKG. Should you activate the CATH lab?   Answer: Check an old EKG. An old E…

July 2024