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. 

Mushroom Toxicity

As we approach the end of Italian Truffle hunting season (according to google…) let’s talk about some of the toxicology of Mushrooms based on a brief talk from our tox boss Dr. Swoboda. Most often, inedible and even edible (but decomposing…) mushrooms cause a syndrome of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Typically this starts

Transplant Emergencies

Author: Catherine Buckley MD Working in the ED of a hospital that performs transplants means that you see a lot of people that are pre-, post-, post-and-pre-again-transplant. We are very very lucky that the transplant teams at Rush are very involved and involved early. In fact we are so lucky that transplant surgeon Dr. Edie

NSTEMI, STEMI, ACS

Author: Catherine Buckley MD There are about 8 – 10 million ED visits with the chief complaint of chest pain per year in the US. (Owens et al.)10 billion dollars are spent on chest pain, 10% of which goes to the work up for ACS diagnosis. Yet somehow despite these millions we still miss 1-2%

Burns

Here’s some how to’s when it comes to burns. First off- do your ABCs. Get your history from the patient, from family, from EMS. You need to figure out the mechanism of this burn. Was this an explosion? You may need to worry about associated injuries. Was this inside? You may need to worry about