How a Chest Tube Drainage System Works

If you’re like me, you probably hook your chest tube up to a Pleur-Evac, put it on the ground, then back away slowly. Who knows what goes on in that mysterious bubbling white box? Hopefully this will post shed some light. [spacer heig…

Glucagon for Beta Blocker Overdose

When Should I Use It? For cases of profound beta blocker overdose with clinically significant cardiovascular depression (symptomatic bradycardia, hemodynamic instability). [spacer height=”20px”] Since many patients are on both b…

The K2 Chameleon

This Tuesday, the New York Times reported that 33 patients from the same Brooklyn neighborhood were transported to the ED due to a “bad batch” of K2. But what is a “bad batch,” and what does it mean in terms of treat…

Fireworks: Facts vs Fiction

On account of the holidays, we’re starting July off with a bang with a Triple Pearl. There is a significant increase in firework-related injuries this time of year, but the distribution of injuries may surprise you. If you’re expectin…

EMTALA for Dummies

What is EMTALA? EMTALA stands for “Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act.” It is a federal law enacted by Congress in 1986 to prevent hospitals from sending away patients based on insurance status, race, gender, national origin, preex…

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