Calcium Channel Overdose

For those who could not make it to VMR, we went over a truly sick calcium channel blocker overdose case. If not, here’s a quick rundown, and a link to the slides.   Briefly, the case was a 17-year-old female who reportedly overdosed on 60 m…

GI Decontamination

Case: 37-year-old M presenting with obtundation and possible seizure-like activity after a large overdose of sustained-release bupropion (Wellbutrin XL), gabapentin, and other unknown medications. Given the severity of this patient’s…

Activated Charcoal in Brief

Activated Charcoal: A Quick Summary of a Summary inspired by Dr. Ahra Cho With all the Tox VMRs going on, we often turn to activated charcoal as a method of decontamination, but we don’t often talk about how exactly activated charcoal…

Painless Jaundice

Case Summary: 22 y/o M no pmh p/w painless jaundice x 5 days in the setting of recent febrile illness 1 week prior and taking Tylenol 1g q6h for several days. Physical exam was positive for jaundice, otherwise normal. Notable lab findings i…

Opioid Substitution Therapy

ED physicians need to be comfortable with the various modalities of opioid substitution therapy (OST) and their associated complications.  We are all familiar with the patient who has missed a daily dose of methadone on the way to booking a…

Hot sauce!

Remember your chronic cannabinoid user that comes in with hyperemesis.   They have Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS): cyclic abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting in the setting of chronic cannabis use. You try every anti-emetic  in you…

Doc… I’m drowning!

You are called to triage to assess a man for shortness of breath. Per EMS, this is a 46 year old male with a history of substance abuse and HTN, found by his wife this afternoon, overdosed on Heroin and barely breathing. EMS arrived on scen…

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