LITFL Review 313

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Welcome to the 313rd 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 critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the blogosphere’s best and brightest and deliver a bite-sized chunk of FOAM.

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week

Nick Cummins

Hard to be skeptical about the Skeptic’s Guide to Emergency Medicine (SGEM) this year! Christmas day EBM goodness from SGEM is for anyone interested in providing excellent emergency care. A free downloadable PDF tome in a case-focused format, Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine Volume 3 covers cases 85-126. It is so good it begs the question: where can we access cases 1-84? Content from Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine {BEEM}, “a nonprofit, international, emergency medicine knowledge translation project started in 2004 at McMaster University, the centre for evidence-based medicine…[with the goal to] find, select, appraise, and summarize the most recent and relevant emergency medicine-related studies.”   [MMS/ML] ED Note: Appreciate SGEM sharing the URLs to Volume 1 (2012) and Volume 2 (2015). 


The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • Winter is coming! Learn to manage the spectrum of cold ED injuries on this episode of RochCast’s CRACKCast covering Rosen’s Chapter 139. RoshCast continues its free weekly sampling of content from its fee-based proprietary Q&A bank. The resource is aimed at emergency medicine and pediatric house staff and non-physician practitioners preparing for formal tests. Editorial process and primary sources of content were not found on the free web site [MMS/MG/ML]
  • Refresh yourself on cases of hyperacute T-waves and subtle-STEMI courtesy of Dr. Smith. [MMS]
  • The Prehospital Emergency Podcast wraps up 2017 by reviewing the latest PEC journal – manuscripts address mobile integrated healthcare, wilderness medicine, among other topics.  [MG]
  • emDOCs has a case on portal vein thrombosis. [MG]
  • The December issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine audio summary is out. Note that the link accesses all podcasts from January 2016. [MG]
  • Reuben Strayer is back at EM Updates with a straightforward and effective summary of epistaxis management in the ED. [RP]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care and #FOAMres Resuscitation

  • The EDECMO podcast episode 41 is going back to basics by covering the 3 stages of eCPR, this time in the context of a very special story. [MG]
  • Intensive Care Network continues their “how I manage” series, this time covering thrombocytopenia. [MG]
  • The intimate relationship between the cardiovascular and respiratory systems demands consideration of how each interacts with the other. It’s a complex interplay, and one that Jon-Emile Kenny at PulmCCM explains in 1000 words + a VideoCast! [RP]
  • End-of-year twofers: Start the new year in style by listening to Paul Young’s top 10 papers of 2017, as presented at the recent Australian College of Intensive Care Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting. [SO] And…you can’t miss this rapid review of the top articles in critical care from 2017, from Dr. David Lyness at Propofology! [RP]
  • The Maryland Critical Care Project discusses the use of ROTEM in their latest podcast. [SO]

The Best of #FOAMtox Toxicology

  • EMCrit episode 215 features a disagreement between toxicologists. [MG]
  • CoreEM has a rapid review on TCA toxicity. [MG]

The Best of #FOAMus Ultrasound

  • ALiEM discuss the use of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of pneumonia in paediatric patients. [LP]
  • Pearl Alert! Not sure if you’ve found a yolk sac? Grab the linear probe to improve image resolution in early pregnancy scans. [LP]

The Best of #FOAMpeds Pediatrics

  • Don’t forget about Hamman’s Syndrome in your pediatric DKA patients! A perfect storm of Kussmaul’s respirations, vomiting, and fibrotic lung changes might set your patient up for the crunch! Another crunchy morsel from the Pediatric EM Morsels team! [RP]
  • The Methods Man reviews a new study in the journal Pediatrics suggesting that early puberty in girls may be associated with social difficulties in adulthood. [RP]

The Best of #MedEdFOAM and #FOAMsim

  • This week’s Simulcast episode discusses the value gained by not simply focusing on what went wrong in simulation but also on how the team navigated the errors/challenges to success. [AS]
  • Learn how to fall forwards with this incredible reflection on failure and growth in a medical career by Henry Goldstein at Don’t Forget the Bubbles! [RP]

Reference Sources and Reading List

  • Emergency Medicine and Critical Care blog/podcast list
  • LITFL Global Blogroll
  • FOAMEM RSS feed syndication for global FOAM
  • #FOAMed – #FOAMcc – #FOAMres #FOAMped – #FOAMtox – #FOAMus – #FOAMim – #FOANed

Brought to you by:

  • Anand Swaminathan [AS] (EM:RAP, Core EM,REBEL EM and The Teaching Institute)
  • Chris Connolly [CC] (RCEMFOAMed, FOAMShED)
  • Chris Nickson [CN] (RAGE, INTENSIVE and SMACC)
  • Cian McDermott [CMD] (POCUS Geelong, SMACC)
  • Craig Wylie [CW] (BadEM)
  • Jeffrey Shih [JSh](ALiEM)
  • Luke Phillips [LP] (POCUS Geelong)
  • Manpreet ‘Manny’ Singh [MMS] (
  • Marjorie Lazoff [ML] (TandemHealth)
  • Mat Goebel [MG]
  • Matt Siuba [MS]
  • Philippe Rola [PR] (Thinkingcriticalcare)
  • Rick Pescatore [RP] (EM News UC:RAP)
  • Salim Rezaie [SR] (REBEL EM, The Teaching Institute)
  • Segun Olusanya [SO] (JICSCast, The Bottom Line)

Last update: Jan 1, 2018 @ 4:08 am

LITFL Review 313
Marjorie Lazoff, MD

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