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Infectious Mononucleosis? Measure that spleen!

September 20, 2015 1 Comment
Infectious Mononucleosis? Measure that spleen!

A reminder that POCUS can improve your sensitivity for diagnosing diseases, even in your low acuity patients.  We all know the Monspot test can be negative for Mono patients depending on when they present to us.  Don’t forget to have a quick look at the spleen if the rest of the clinical presentation points towards […]

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Lung EDE

August 20, 2015 0 Comments
Lung EDE

This patient had fallen on the bathtub and injured his left ribs. CXR 5 days ago showed a slight infiltrate in his LLL. He was sent back with pain and splinting. POCUS showed the diaphragm all around the spleen (you shouldn’t be able to see it above 9 o’clock), with a pleural effusion. It looked […]

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Dislocated? POCUS improves clinical exam

August 12, 2015 0 Comments
Dislocated? POCUS improves clinical exam

The first patient had a shoulder injury and fairly unhelpful X-rays. POCUS revealed both Humeral heads to be in proper postition. The second patient by history had a first dislocation which spontaneously reduced. He was feeling fine when I saw him. POCUS revealed a Hill–Sachs lesion confirming he had dislocated his shoulder and it was […]

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Ultrasound for skull fractures

June 13, 2015 0 Comments
Ultrasound for skull fractures

Go to Ken Milne’s The Skeptic’s Guide to Emergency Medicine to see his podcast on using ultrasound to diagnose skull fractures featuring yours truly as a guest. Ken leads the charge for using social media to educate the medical masses.  Not only does he run the SGEM podcast but is a member of the Best […]

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The Power of POCUS with clinical change

June 5, 2015 2 Comments
The Power of POCUS with clinical change

Do you ever feel your POCUS is unnecessary or somehow not as good as the “formal” ultrasound? I sort of wondered what I was going to find as this patient had been to hospital a number of times recently with 2 recent ultrasounds. Probably nothing to find? Well think again. She was able to localize […]

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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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Fewer admissions with Hip POCUS: Part Two

May 31, 2015 0 Comments
Fewer admissions with Hip POCUS: Part Two

In part two of our discussion regarding hip POCUS-guided arthrocentesis and injections we have just received this case from Dr. Chris Keefer from Brantford General Hospital’s emergency department. A patient in her late 30s presented with severe hip pain of rapid onset.  No recent trauma.  Recent flu-like illness.  Otherwise healthy with no significant medical conditions. He […]

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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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Why I prefer LOOKING at hearts

May 5, 2015 1 Comment
Why I prefer LOOKING at hearts

Seriously, if you haven’t yet learned how to LOOK at hearts with bedside ultrasound you are doing your patients a disservice.  The amount of critical information you are likely missing with auscultation is scary. I saw a 48 year old female currently receiving chemotherapy via portacath for metastatic colon CA.  Presents in the middle of […]

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Unexpected PCE

April 26, 2015 0 Comments
Unexpected PCE

If you only look for PCE when you expect it, you will probably miss some. The first patient had some sort of unexplained febrile illness with a left shift and a creatinine of ~540 or so. Her IVC didn’t indicate marked hypovolemia. I looked at her heart to see the chamber function and found a […]

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