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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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Fewer admissions with Hip POCUS

May 30, 2015 0 Comments
Fewer admissions with Hip POCUS

The Canadian healthcare system is perfect, eh? Uh, no not really. One of the more well-publicized and frustrating ways in which this imperfection manifests itself is the wait list for orthopedic consultation and elective surgery, the most notorious being joint replacement. All Canadian EDs probably see patients with some frequency who present with osteoarthritis of […]

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POCUS for that? Really?

May 10, 2015 0 Comments
POCUS for that? Really?

When we first developed The EDE 2 Course and as we continue to develop new topics at the POCUS laboratory that is EDE 3, participants don’t see it but we go through our own phase of doubt that POCUS could possibly be useful for one indication or another. We ask ourselves “Really? For that?!?” One […]

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What’s the diagnosis and what’s the gold standard for POCUS??

March 2, 2015 4 Comments
What’s the diagnosis and what’s the gold standard for POCUS??

A man in his late 50s presented to an ED a while back during the summers months with a 3 day H/O multiple complaints including rhinorhea, sore throat, dry cough, vomiting, loose stool, right frontal headaches, dyspnea, dysuria, and dark urine. So, a mixed picture. Fever of 100.9 was measured at home. No contacts or […]

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Now that Greg has made you afraid of necrotizing fasciitis…as you should be!

February 9, 2015 3 Comments
Now that Greg has made you afraid of necrotizing fasciitis…as you should be!

Greg posted a couple of cool cases of necrotizing fasciitis in December. We had a case of nec fasc in our department in the last few months that has made everyone quite wary! It has dropped our threshold for worrying about this nasty entity. I saw a patient last month who presented with diffuse cellulitis […]

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Dr Richard with a pneumonia that just won’t go away!

January 13, 2015 1 Comment
Dr Richard with a pneumonia that just won’t go away!

Thoracic EDE is one of the hot topics in the POCUS world. This is Ben Ho’s chapter at EDE 2. Joel Turner (@JTMcGillEM) has presented some newer aspects at EDE 3. Here is a case from Dr Bernard Richard in Valleyfield that illustrates its utility. Incidentally , Bernard will be making his debut as an […]

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Dr. Richard on Armpits, Metal Rods, Pus, and T-shirts

October 20, 2014 1 Comment
Dr. Richard on Armpits, Metal Rods, Pus, and T-shirts

Here’s a neat case from Dr Bernard Richard from Valleyfield in la belle province… A 30 y.o. man fell on a metal rod a week ago. He was seen in the ED and had his 10 cm right axillary wound sutured. I saw him a week later for 4 cm lump that was located 15 […]

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Time is testicle!

October 10, 2014 2 Comments
Time is testicle!

Scrotal EDE is one of the topics that Greg presents at EDE 3.  While not a life-threatening entity (try telling that to an 18 y.o. male!), it still carries with it significant morbidity.  Ultrasound is key to the diagnosis and can help assess the success of attempts at de-torsion. I recently saw an 18 y.o. […]

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