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Dec 17, 2013

We learn about the MUD PILES, the causes of anion gap acidosis, as medical students. And it gets even further drilled into us in residency. But sorting out a gap acidosis can be real challenge, even with a nifty mnemonic. To help us get smarter in understanding some of the nuance of gap acidosis, Sean Nordt, MD,...

Nov 14, 2013

What do lung nodules have to do with emergency medicine? Weʼd like to see ourselves as full time resuscitationists and while thatʼs one of our master skills, much of our job involves  taking care of non-critical patients and, even more so, having conversations with patients and their families. But arenʼt pulmonary...

Oct 31, 2013

When a trauma arrest rolls though the door, chaos often ensues. But it doesn't have to be that way. Scott Weingart returns to ERcast to share his thoughts on how to run a rational blunt trauma arrest resuscitation when you are working by yourself or with limited personnel.


Scott W's recipe for blunt trauma...

Oct 25, 2013

In this minicast, The Weingart Strikes Back!

Scott Weingart has some issues with our last episode on managing blood pressure in acute ischemic stroke. But the Swami doesn't take it lying down and has a few things of his own to say.

Join Scott, Swami and Rob at the Essentials of Emergency Medicine Pub...

Oct 14, 2013

It's a double header of stroke treatment and controversy. Anand Swaminathan from EM Lyceum and Ryan Radecki from EM Literature of Note help tease out:

How do you manage blood pressure in acute ischemic stroke?

Should you give thrombolytics up to 4.5 hours after symptom onset?

When do you decide that a CVA is...