LITFL Review 319

LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical BlogLITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog – Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Welcome to the 319th LITFL Review! Your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and

Altered Mental Status, Bradycardia

911 was called for an elderly woman who fell and was confused.  Medics found her unresponsive, with “convulsive” movements.  They could not find a pulse.  They performed CPR, gave epinephrine, and intubated the patient and regained a pulse, at which time she became responsive and had this prehospital ECG: On arrival, heart rate was 87

In Defense of Morphine (Part 2)

Yesterday, I introduced some of the history preceding the recent Thrombosis and Haemostasis study looking at morphine in patients experiencing ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs). [For the curious, we’ll talk about that new article in Part 3. I have to work today, so I can’t guarantee that it’ll be up tomorrow, but soon!] We started with

In Defense of Morphine (Part 1)

Every time I hope this debate is going to die out, or that science will swing back toward rationality, another study gets published and throws a wrench in things. I’ll type this very carefully: There is no convincing evidence that morphine causes harm to patients experiencing ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs). As long as there isn’t

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 226

LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical BlogLITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog – Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous