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#POCUS for DVT in the ICU: Can it be Done?

July 6, 2014 1 Comment
#POCUS for DVT in the ICU: Can it be Done?

Anton Helman (@EMCases) from EM Cases brought up a recent article on Twitter regarding DVT POCUS performed by internal medicine residents in the ICU. The results were…disappointing… But does this spell the end for DVT EDE? Let’s peel back the layers of the onion & see. If you would like to read the article yourself, […]

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Does the heart REALLY stop when you give Adenosine to an SVT patient – find out with POCUS!

June 11, 2014 0 Comments
Does the heart REALLY stop when you give Adenosine to an SVT patient – find out with POCUS!

I know. It’s a question that you have all asked yourselves. Does Adenosine REALLY stop the heart when given for SVT? Thanks to POCUS/EDE, we have the answer! Rob Simard was in Sudbury last year doing his emergency ultrasound fellowship. He saw a patient with recurrent SVT. We decided to go with Adenosine since it […]

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POCUS = Better ED throughput

June 5, 2014 3 Comments
POCUS = Better ED throughput

The E-FAST exam is often discussed in the lit for the evaluation of major trauma cases. But I must use it at least as often in minor trauma. I recently saw a 44 y.o. male who had fallen off a ladder and landed on his right side on hard ground. The fall occurred on the […]

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Bloody diarrhea in a baby and no U/S tech on-call

May 17, 2014 0 Comments
Bloody diarrhea in a baby and no U/S tech on-call

Dr Daren Lin from Guelph, Ontario posted a great case in the last few days on the CEUS discussion list. With his permission, we have reposted it here on the EDE blog. Take it away , Daren! Last night on my evening shift at a community hospital, I had a 13 month old who presented […]

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We are now available on iBooks!

May 7, 2014 10 Comments
We are now available on iBooks!

In 2012, we published the print book Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Emergency Physicians, combining the course manuals of The EDE course and The EDE 2 Course. Since then, we’ve received numerous requests for an e-book version, so due to popular demand, we have done just that. The e-book is NOW available on the iBooks Store! Retitled Essentials of Point-of-Care […]

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Incidental findings on Renal POCUS

April 29, 2014 0 Comments
Incidental findings on Renal POCUS

One of the exaggerated fears that was voiced by imaging specialists when POCUS/EDE was first developing was that a whole host of abnormalities would be found on bedside ultrasound that would lead to lots of unnecessary confirmatory tests. The reality is that this fear has not been borne out. Incidental findings on POCUS are few […]

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Hypothermic Heart on POCUS

April 21, 2014 0 Comments
Hypothermic Heart on POCUS

This never-ending winter reminded me of hypothermia case that I saw a number of years ago. It was an elderly female in her mid-70s with an unclear history. She was found on the ground at the entrance to her home by family one morning in the middle of winter. EMS was activated. She was found […]

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IVC Meta-Analysis Analyzed

April 9, 2014 1 Comment
IVC Meta-Analysis Analyzed

One of the most interesting and controversial areas of POCUS/EDE is the IVC scan. In fact, it’s soooo controversial that I have have edited the PowerPoint for the course for each of the last 4 courses! Pierre Collin and I are alter-egos for IVC (I do the lecture in English and Pierre handles IVC in […]

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Widened symphysis on POCUS

March 30, 2014 0 Comments
Widened symphysis on POCUS

A few of us (@thomas1973, @mikegreenway, @broomedocs) were discussing on Twitter the use of POCUS/EDE to look for a widened symphysis pubis in the setting of major trauma. We were wondering if there is any literature to back that up. I found one article in the EDE database. Bauman et al published their article titled […]

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What’s that red thing doing in an abscess??

March 24, 2014 0 Comments
What’s that red thing doing in an abscess??

At the course and in the book, we suggest that physicians should be wary of important neighboring structures. Even with EDE/POCUS guidance for abscesses, this is still a pitfall. I recently saw a young male who is an IV drug abuser. Yes, we do have those in Sudbury! He had injected himself and developed an […]

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