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Scrotal ultrasound: it’s what’s inside that matters

March 31, 2014 0 Comments
Scrotal ultrasound: it’s what’s inside that matters

Editor’s note: Testicular torsion is a scary condition that we can’t afford to miss.  It cannot be diagnosed on history and physical alone in almost 50% of cases so ultrasound is crucial to decision-making.  POCUS can be extremely helpful in detecting the torted testis but it is important to understand that a partially torted, or […]

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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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Bootcamp EDE: Drop and give me 200

March 16, 2014 6 Comments
Bootcamp EDE: Drop and give me 200

The biggest obstacle to beginners embracing POCUS is the initial effort required to master basic skills. Most learners complete an introductory course that takes a day or two. This is followed by supervised scanning sessions and examinations to meet the required numbers and proficiency to be “certified” to apply the skill independently. This can require […]

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Dr. Gordon doesn’t like failed I&Ds

March 16, 2014 0 Comments
Dr. Gordon doesn’t like failed I&Ds

I really don’t like doing an I&D and then finding nothing or no pus anyway. I find it helpful to know just where the pus is, where it goes, if there’s something else besides pus, or if it needs serious surgical intervention. Once I looked at neck swelling that didn’t look too horrible but the […]

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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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3rd Annual EDE 3 Course Announcement!

March 8, 2014 2 Comments
3rd Annual EDE 3 Course Announcement!

I am happy to announce the third annual EDE 3 course! There has been a lot of demand for a Canadian location for the course so it’s going to be a ski vacation this time around. It will be held at the Delta Sun Peaks resort in Sun Peaks British Columbia Feb 2-3 2015. Sun […]

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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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How do you like your liver?

March 4, 2014 0 Comments
How do you like your liver?

With POCUS we teach beginners to focus on the most basic knobology, physics, and imaging of the area that will answer their simple clinical question.  When mastering the FAST scan it’s all about focussing on the free fluid, don’t get distracted by anything else going on. With more experience however, we all start to appreciate […]

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Multiorgan POCUS to rule out P.E.

March 1, 2014 1 Comment
Multiorgan POCUS to rule out P.E.

Diagnosing pulmonary embolism (PE) in the emergency department remains a significant challenge. Deciding on who to scan, who to anticoagulate, and who to discharge home can be difficult. This recent article by Nazerian, et al, in Chest may allow a way for POCUS to significantly rule out PE in a large number of patients. They used […]

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