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Acute Valvular Emergencies

Author: Dr. Catherine Buckley

When I think of patients with valvular disease in the setting of the emergency department, it is frequently the acute on chronic picture. For instance: the Aortic stenosis patient with significant worsening of their fluid overload symptoms because of sepsis. What I typically don’t imagine is diagnosing or treating brand new valvular emergencies. Thank goodness for didactics! We are going to briefly review acute Mitral Regurgitation and acute Aortic regurgitation based on a wonderful talk given by Dr. Yelena Dukarevich. 

Journal Club: trick or treat UTIs?

Author: Dr. Stephen Gore

In the spirit of antibiotic stewardship and limiting the side effects of said antibiotics, we took a critical look during our last Journal Club session at the utility of urinalyses, urine cultures and vague symptoms like confusion/altered mental state in diagnosing UTI. 

Pediatric DKA

Author: Dr. Trevor Landas I’m not sure about y’all but I honestly have not seen too many pediatric DKA patients. I’m assuming it probably has to do with thorough screening,…

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones…where to start. They’ve been described as “more painful than childbirth” (I can’t confirm as I’ve been fortunate enough to not had a kidney stone…or given birth) and are…

Cognitive Bias and Decision Making

Author: Dr. Dave Hill

Thinking about a recent M&M case and the roles that bias plays in how patient care is delivered, I don’t think I could say it better than the Drs. at EM Ottawa (emottawablog.com).

“Clinical decision making is an extremely complex process, and healthcare professionals often develop adaptive mechanisms [heuristics or biases] as we are faced with repeated similar experiences in a busy clinical environment.”

Meningitis

Author: Dr. Trevor Landas Defined as inflammation of the meninges, or covering layers of the central nervous system, meningitis has a high morbidity and mortality if not identified and treated…