Tap that? VP Shunts & their complications

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. 

ED Intubation Checklist

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.

Paracentesis Checklist

One of the most frequent requests we receive as teaching residents (and probably as senior residents) is assistance with performing paracenteses. By now, all of the EM residents are probably comfortable with this procedure. But, July is coming! With it comes newly minted doctors and off service rotators who are eager to learn. Feel free to […]

PSA/Conscious Sedation Checklist

Reuben Strayer has written and talked extensively about proper PSA technique in the emergency department. Here is his checklist so that you can minimize complications and maximize your success: For more information check out his Procedural Sedation Trilogy on emupdates.

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