In October 2016 the Emergency Medicine community was faced with the publication of the now infamous PESIT trial, and the symbolic wrench its authors carelessly tossed into the already indecisive diagnostic work up of patients presenting to the Emergency Department following a syncopal event1. Published in the NEJM, Prandoni et al enrolled patients who were admitted […]
Thrombocytopenia is extremely common in critical illness. It’s generally a consequence rather than a cause of illness, predicting increased mortality. However, we must remain alert for cases where serious hematologic disease is afoot. The major concern here is the ever-looming possibility of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (HITT). This chapter explores thrombocytopenia and provides an evidence-based […]
Often in the interpretation of medical literature we are forced into false dichotomies. Compelled to choose between two hypotheses, neither of which are representative of the data presented. Such is the case with a recent trial published in Intensive Care Medicine in which Guitton et al1 examine the efficacy of apneic oxygenation during RSI in critically […]
Alternative treatments for opioid use disorder and music with Dr. Ed Boyer Join Dan (@drusyniak) &Howard (@heshiegreshie) as they speak with Dr. Ed Boyer about therapies for opioid use disorder, including kratom, ibogaine, and loperamide. Great stuff, deep science and a dispelling of some myths while recognizing some less than savvy science out there. . […]
The use of an inhaled pulmonary vasodilator is a logical strategy for stabilization of PE patients (especially nitric oxide, which may be depleted in this situation). Previously inhaled nitric oxide has only been supported by case series.