Paxlovid: The Need to Know

Why Paxlovid: According to Pfizer’s clinical trial data from 2021 (participants enrolled by 09/29/2021) which it used for FDA approval, subjects who took Paxlovid were 89% less likely to develop severe illness and death from COVID than thos…

M is for morphine

Remember MONA (morphine, oxygen, nitro, aspirin) from med school? Well, she may be just “A” now…. Over the years, all of these treatments (except for good old aspirin) have become somewhat controversial in the treatment of ACS. Let’s focus…

Meningitis Prophylaxis

Have you ever taken care of really critical, undifferentiated patient, only later to find out that they were diagnosed with a serious, contagious illness? We are exposed to innumerable pathogens each day in the ED, but there are only a few…

Pressors

The use of vasopressors and inotropes to treat hypotension is common in the emergency department.  It is now standard to start off with norepinephrine as your 1st line agent to treat shock in the ED.  But is norepi always that best choice?…

150

This pearl was created in light of our impending in-service exam this Wednesday.  Hopefully reading this will give you at least 1 point on the exam. A 19 yo F ingested 150 pills of Tylenol four hours ago and is presenting now because she do…

Catheters

You are working resus at 2 am when EMS rolls in with a 60 year old patient with fever and cough, hypotensive to 83/40 with a HR of 142. This septic patient needs emergent fluid resuscitation. You notice the RN about to place a peripheral IV…

LLQ abdominal pain

A 43 yo M presents with LLQ abd pain, non-bloody diarrhea and subjective fever for 1 d. His vitals are normal, has a WBC of 14 but otherwise normal labs.  He is given IV analgesia and clinically has improved, tolerating PO.  CT abdomen and…

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