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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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Sep 16, 2015

What does suicidal ideation really mean? It comes down to mindset and intent. For example: wrist cutting. Is it a suicide attempt, a stress relief, a way to get attention? It could be any of those. The behavior, often called the WHAT, needs to be connected to the WHY.  There can be a bad injury, the 'what', but it's...

Sep 2, 2015

Deep venous thrombosis of the calf causes an undue amount of consternation. What's the best way to manage these?Anticoagulate, serial ultrasound, do nothing? We break down the evidence to help you decide.

What are we worried about with calf DVT?

  1. Will it become a PE?
  2. Will the clot propagate proximally?
  3. Does treatment...