Which Pacemaker/ICD is that Again


I dread calling cardiology to interrogate a pacemaker when the pt is without their wallet card and has nary a clue as to the device type/manufacturer. Now there is a solution courtesy of the EM REMS blog:   Jacob S et al.  Cardiac Rhythm Device Identification Algorithm Using X-Rays: CaRDIA-X.  Heart Rhythm 2011; 8(6): 915-922.   Christopher Watford … [Read more...]

Table-of-Contents and FOAMcc in One Bolus


Matt Greer placed a comment on my Path to Insanity Post: I’m currently in my 3rd year of EM residency in California, and hoping to do a Critical Care fellowship in the future. I’ve drank the kool-aid and have tried to read at least the TOC from all these journals for the last few months and I love it!! Its like trying to drink from a fire-hose, but it’s really rewarding when … [Read more...]

Expert Commentary on EMCrit


A few months ago, my friend Michelle Lin instituted a few new features on the Academic Life in EM Blog (ALIEM). She and her crew of awesome editors added pre-publication critique as well as post-publication, expert peer review. I have debated on numerous occasions in the FOAMosphere all the reasons I find pre-publication peer review to be an unnecessary vestige of a flawed … [Read more...]