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Cardiac POCUS in Traumatic Cardiac Arrest

December 15, 2015 0 Comments
Cardiac POCUS in Traumatic Cardiac Arrest

There have been a few studies looking at the utility of finding cardiac standstill as a data point to predict survivability in patients presenting with cardiac arrest. Here is a study looking at the same topic in the setting of traumatic cardiac arrest. The lead author is Canadian ex-pat, Dr Kenji Inaba, a trauma surgeon […]

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LUCUS (SOB) Protocol article presented by TJ

December 10, 2015 0 Comments
LUCUS (SOB) Protocol article presented by TJ

The Dyspnea protocol scans have been practice changing! Every ED has missed many CHF diagnoses over the years. Add in doctors’ offices and clinics, and the numbers grow exponentially. Doing these scans fairly routinely in patients who present with shortness of breath NYD, especially the older patient, will automatically make you a smarter doctor. Less […]

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EDE 3 Article: Carotid #POCUS in Cardiac Arrest

December 7, 2015 0 Comments
EDE 3 Article: Carotid #POCUS in Cardiac Arrest

If you listen to EmCrit, you know that Scott Weingart talks about placing a femoral art line during cardiac arrest to better assess the response to therapy and guide epi dosing. In many EDs in Canada with only one emerg doc on duty to be both the brain and the hands for running a code, […]

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3rd EDE 3 Article on Airway #POCUS

December 3, 2015 0 Comments
3rd EDE 3 Article on Airway #POCUS

Here is the 3rd and final Airway POCUS article presented by Tom Jelic at the EDE 3 Journal club. The title is “Defining the learning curve for point-of-care ultrasound for confirming and a tracheal tube placement by emergency physicians“. See the end of this post for a video demonstrating what you see on the screen […]

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Airway POCUS Article presented by TJ

November 30, 2015 0 Comments
Airway POCUS Article presented by TJ

Here is Article #2 from the EDE 3 Journal Club presented by Dr Tom Jelic. The title is “Ultrasonography for confirmation of endotracheal tube placement: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” This article by Chou et al was published in the May 2015 issue of Resuscitation. Scroll to the bottom and click on play to see […]

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EDE 3 Journal Club

November 26, 2015 0 Comments
EDE 3 Journal Club

As part of the last two EDE 3 events, Dr. Tom Jelic held an online journal club. Tom did a great job summarizing some of the latest articles from the POCUS literature, with comments from several EDE 3 instructors and participants who chimed in with their take and experience. Several JCs were held this fall […]

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Dipping sauce

November 3, 2015 0 Comments
Dipping sauce

EDE 3 is coming up this weekend at Sunnybrook. Ben, Greg, and the gang will be teaching a bunch of new nerve blocks. When doing these and other sterile ultrasound-guided procedures, the setup is key. To use a term from Dr. Scott Weingart (@emcrit), many microskills come up…right down to the ultrasound gel. Instead of […]

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Say this 3 times fast… “Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion”

July 9, 2015 0 Comments
Say this 3 times fast… “Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion”

At the last EDE 3, Dr Andrea Unger presented the parasternal short axis view and some newer Cardiac EDE concepts. Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion was one of them, a term which I am hard-pressed to remember! Its acronym, TAPSE, is easier to recall, but Andrea wisely renamed this entity as “Base Jump”. While working […]

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Gamers love POCUS!

June 4, 2015 0 Comments
Gamers love POCUS!

We teach femoral and forearm nerve blocks at EDE 2 and a bunch more nerve blocks at EDE 3. The forearm blocks are easier than the femoral block but the indication doesn’t come up as often. At EDE 2, we often get asked about the clinical scenarios in which we would use a forearm block. […]

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POCUS at CAEP 2015

May 30, 2015 0 Comments
POCUS at CAEP 2015

Yours truly will be at ÉDU 2 CHUM in Montréal on June 1-2, so I’ll be missing out on the POCUS fun at CAEP. For those of you who will be there, here’s a summary of everything POCUS: 3 consecutive meetings on Monday, June 1, all in salon 6 Ultrasound practice committee, Ryan Henneberry, 930-1030 […]

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