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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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POCUS for the Kissing Disease

March 15, 2014 1 Comment
POCUS for the Kissing Disease

That’s right! You can use POCUS in the workup of the patient with suspected infectious mononucleosis. So say Drs. Sarah Farukhi and JC Fox from UC Irvine. They published their case report in the latest issue of CUJO, the Critical Ultrasound Journal. These are cases that we see all the time. Mid-late teens. Exudative pharyngitis. […]

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Faster, radiation-free approach to Renal Colic with POCUS/EDE

March 7, 2014 6 Comments
Faster, radiation-free approach to Renal Colic with POCUS/EDE

We see LOTS of kidney stones in Sudbury. I’d swear that they mostly contain nickel and not calcium! About 5 years ago, I saw a 31-year-old patient with renal colic. I looked up their medical records on the computer. They had had 12 (!) CT scans in the previous 2 years. Can we do better? […]

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#POCUS for Trauma in pregnancy

February 26, 2014 0 Comments
#POCUS for Trauma in pregnancy

Anton Helman (@EMCases) put up a question on Twitter regarding pregnant trauma patients and whether or not one can see a tiny amount of free fluid later in pregnancy that is physiologic. Or should one assume that it is blood. The answer is the latter. There is actually a Best BETS on using FAST in […]

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