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Welcome to ERCast, a focused discussion on the questions, quagmires and known unknowns we face everyday in the emergency department.

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Nov 23, 2015

Jeff Kline is one of the world's leading researchers in thromboembolism. He's also a dad, bodybuilder, former wrestler, and philosopher. 


Nov 7, 2015

What I do in the in the first 90 seconds of a code…

We want to avoid simultaneous action paralysis: the feeling that multiple things need to happen at once and then nothing gets done. In a code, it seems like everything has to HAPPEN RIGHT THIS SECOND. While it can feel that way, it’s not the case.

My sequence...


Nov 2, 2015

Torsades de pointes is very bad.  It easily degenerates into Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) and that’s sudden cardiac death.  How many cases of torsades have you seen in your career? Are your ready for it when you see it? Let’s see, there’s magnesium...uh, and then I seem to recall that drug isoproterenol...