LITFL Review 318

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Welcome to the 318th 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 CumminsJanuary is National Slavery and Human Trafficking month. Listen to this insightful podcast from EM Pulse on a topic EM physicians need to dive into deeper. [MMS]


The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • Know your MALA??  EMdocs have a new posting in their Educator series–with a new look, so ensure you click the educatory link to get the wonderful FOAM-y good stuff. [CC]
  • Dr Smith is a frequent LITFL Review favorite, but he has a particularly interesting case this week. [MG]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care and #FOAMres Resuscitation

  • Intubation during cardiac arrest in notoriously difficult, but this post from The Airway Jedi will show you the tricks you need to remember. [MG]
  • Nice post by Ryan Radecki on the utility of the qSOFA score as a screening tool.  This is a meta-analysis that has recently been published reviewing the utility of qSOFA in the ICU, hospital, and ED. [SR]
  • A 2015 post on Deranged Physiology on an important (and still controversial) topic was updated this week:  clearing the C-Spine in the unconscious patient. [SO]
  • More goodness from the 2017 Australian College of Intensive Care Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting: Paul Young talks on the future of GI bleeding in the ICU. [SO]
  • Zach Shinar, from ED ECMO, interviews French ECMOlogist Lionel Lamhaut and ethicist Cyrus Olsen about ECMO and organ transplantation. Ethics, money, organs, and ECMO… What more do you need in a podcast? [CN]

The Best of #FOAMtox Toxicology

  • Leon and The Poison Review have been busy in the new year. Three goodies:  smoking dope and cryptococcal meningitis… correlation or causation? A comprehensive review of toxic alcohols is highlighted in NEJM. Also, there is a useful discussion of a new study looking at prognostic indicators for acute hepatic failure… “better” than the old King’s College Criteria doesn’t necessarily mean good. [CC, CN]

The Best of #FOAMus Ultrasound

  • Tips and tricks on how to perform an ultrasound-guided IV in kids by the ALiEM team. Easily applicable to those tricky adults as well. [LP]
  • An excellent case with awesome clips of the use of TEE during cannulation for ECMO [JSh]
  • All you need to know about aortic ultrasound from the folks at Taming the Sru [CMD]
  • Can we use bedside ultrasound to discover more about the swollen traumatic globe? Read this great case from UCSD EM Ultrasound [CMD]

The Best of #FOAMpeds Pediatrics

  • This review of atrial fibrillation in kids is a must-read, if only for Sean Fox’s reminder that pediatric exceptionalism “engenders fear of caring for kids instead of empowering providers for staying abreast of the issues that make caring for kids unique and special.” A powerful message from the best at Pediatric EM Morsels! [RP]
  • There’s a quick review of bronchiolitis basics by John Cafaro at EMDaily. [RP]

The Best of #FOAMim Internal Medicine

  • The Methods Man, F. Perry Wilson, sacrifices his body for science in his review of the Annals of Internal Medicine study suggesting a link between hot tea ingestion and esophageal cancer. If you’re interested in statistical quirks, this is your cup of tea! [RP]
  • A U of Louisville EM resident identifies what to look for in cardiac syncope as well as how to identify rare manifestations of serious and potentially fatal heart conditions in Syncope and ECGs at the Louisville Lectures. [ML]

The Best of #MedEdFOAM and #FOAMsim

  • Do women speak less than men at conferences? Listen to this podcast discussing the lack of gender parity in EM speakers, and start making steps to remedy this. [SO]
  • RCEM Learning ED Starter Pack iBook features 12 chapters as induction for newcomers to the ED. [MMS]
  • Has Medutainment replaced education? Our own Chris Nickson and Bala Venkatesh play pro-con and dive deep into what Medutainment is and what it is not. [AS]
  • Take your presentation skills to the next level! Listen to this episode of R.E.B,E.L. Cast by two of our very own. [MMS]

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: Feb 12, 2018 @ 5:46 am

LITFL Review 318
Marjorie Lazoff, MD

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