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The Septal Slap

May 15, 2018 0 Comments
The Septal Slap

I like giving credit where credit is due. But often enough, it is simply not possible. As we learn and teach point-of-care ultrasound, we stand on the shoulders of many unidentified people. Long ago, there were the early scientists who researched sound waves. They discovered that part of the sound spectrum that we now use […]

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Le livre ÉDU est maintenant sur iBooks

May 6, 2018 0 Comments
Le livre ÉDU est maintenant sur iBooks

Tel que promis l’automne passé, nous avons publié le livre ÉDU sur iBooks. Tout comme la version anglaise du livre numérique, « L’essentiel de l’échographie ciblée » ajoute ses fonctionnalités : • des questionnaires • plus que quarante vidéos • des références avec des hyperliens à PubMed • des liens au contenu sur le Blogue […]

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Saving Brainspace with POCUS

February 8, 2018 0 Comments
Saving Brainspace with POCUS

Here is a cool case that Lloyd Gordon recently sent us… “A 60 year-old woman had a fever of 39.6C and vomiting. The triage note mentioned abdominal pain but she didn’t have any pain when I saw her and she never asked for analgesics. Her abdomen was completely benign and she looked well. Not much […]

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EM Update in Toronto, Week of April 23

February 1, 2018 0 Comments
EM Update in Toronto, Week of April 23

Lots of POCUS stuff will be happening at EMU this year. EDE and EDE 2 take place prior to the conference. EDE Master Instructors Jordan Chenkin and Rob Simard from Sunnybrook/U of T as well as Greg Hall (EDE 3/Brantford/McMaster) and myself will be running POCUS workshops during the conference. POCUS will even be on […]

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Foreign bodies in genitalia – Time for POCUS!

January 31, 2018 0 Comments
Foreign bodies in genitalia – Time for POCUS!

How’s that for a title! Books, lectures and plenty of other resources on foreign bodies would not be complete without at least one eye-catching image of a foreign body in an orifice where it clearly does not belong :). And there is often a bizarre story to go along with it. Admit it! Everyone has […]

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Pining for POCUS

January 22, 2018 1 Comment
Pining for POCUS

I just met Dr Wendy Iseman online. She is an emergency physician from Markham in the GTA. She signed up for the EDE 2 Course being held prior to the EMU conference. But she had to cancel. Why? Their one and only ultrasound machine has suffered a final blow and will emit sound waves no […]

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The C Word & POCUS

December 29, 2017 0 Comments
The C Word & POCUS

Is cancer an emergency medical diagnosis? Technically, it’s not. The primary diagnosis of cancer does not show up in any emergency medicine textbooks. And rightly so. Although the complications of cancer can kill quickly, cancer itself develops relatively slowly. As such, the responsibility for the initial diagnosis of cancer falls largely to family physicians and […]

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Another abdo pain…just my 6th case today!

December 21, 2017 0 Comments
Another abdo pain…just my 6th case today!

Every ED across the planet has its own demographic. Some EDs may see more of this, and other EDs may see more of that. But I bet we all see lots of cases of abdominal pain. Often enough, it can be difficult and time-consuming to make the diagnosis, especially in the older patient. Order blood […]

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Stroke patient…order CT…admit patient…no role for POCUS :( Ho hum…

December 14, 2017 0 Comments
Stroke patient…order CT…admit patient…no role for POCUS :( Ho hum…

What is the role of the acute-care clinician in strokes? In large part, it’s really unexciting. We all know that. All need a CT which is usually normal. Most get admitted. Whether they are devastating or trivial, there’s not much that we can do about it (if this makes you think about lytics, go to […]

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Rare as rare can be…easily picked up with POCUS!

December 7, 2017 0 Comments
Rare as rare can be…easily picked up with POCUS!

I am working away on the French version of the eBook making a few edits as I go. One important addition is a video from Dr Bernard Richard. Bernard is an EDE 2 instructor based in Valleyfield, Québec. He saw a young women with a first trimester presentation, some combination of pain and bleeding. The […]

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