LITFL Review 331

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Welcome to the 331st 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.

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The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week

Nick CumminsOne of the most challenging blog posts I have ever read is this one on codependency and the (emergency) physician from St Emlyn’s. Food for thought. [SO]

The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • Fantastic review of the literature on the absence of evidence to support our insistence on fasting prior to procedural sedation from First10EM. [AS, SR]
  • Our own Salim Rezaie reminds us that alcohol may blind us to potential badness in our ER patients. Having served as an expert witness I have seen how costly a missed critical diagnosis in the intoxicated patient can be costly to our patient…and to us [AJB]
  • Don’t get fooled by chest trauma: Pulmonary pearls & pitfalls, from the emDocs crew. [BT]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care and #FOAMres Resuscitation

  • Josh Farkas discusses a simple airway algorithm to deal with intubating a patient who is actively vomiting: The Drowned Airway Algorithm. [SR, MG]
  • David Carr recently presented at dasSMACC with the attention-getting title, “Endocarditis will also f&*k you up.” Easy to remember “fever plus…” criteria for identifying suspected endocarditis and current management practices are presented as a means to avoid missing this critical diagnosis. [TCN]
  • The EDECMO podcast hosts Dr. Heidi Dalton to discuss her approach to ECMO for sepsis. An important discussion, as sepsis was once considered a contraindication for ECMO. Dr. Dalton describes which septic patients to consider ECMO for and when to initiate extra-corporeal support. [TCN]
  • The classic teaching for LVAD patients in cardiac arrest is to withhold chest compression, but the NAEMSP blog has an important literature update. [MG]
  • The Bottom Line review a recent NEJM paper on Thrombectomy 6-24 hours after stroke. Nice work Anthony! [SO]
  • ICU is all about “sweating the small stuff”- routine things like VTE prophylaxis and feeding are incredibly important. Deranged Physiology discusses the merits of routine ICU care mnemonics  (such as FAST HUGS) in a really detailed post. Not to be missed. [SO]

The Best of #FOAMtox Toxicology

  • David Juurlink makes a case for why we should not be prescribing Tramadol.  It should be called Tramdont as it can cause seizures, serotonin syndrome, drug-drug interactions, hypoglycemia, dependence, addiction, and death. [SR]

The Best of #FOAMus Ultrasound

  • Is the RV useful during cardiac arrest? Andy Neill on RCEMLearning explores what you can and cannot tell. Republished from 2017. [CMD]
  • The guys at UltrasoundPodcast put the ”fun” back into the eFAST! [JSh]

The Best of #MedEdFOAM and #FOAMsim

  • A nice piece by Eve Purdy on the importance of owning our mistakes and behaviors in day-to-day interactions. [SR]
  • Eric Levi writes a beautiful piece summarising much of the latest evidence on burnout from the doctor and institutional perspective, with ideas on how to change things. Bravo. [SO]

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)
  • Andrew J. Bowman [AJB]
  • Bruno Tomazini [BT] (ICURevisited)
  • 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)
  • Sarah Newman [SN]
  • Salim Rezaie [SR] (REBEL EM, The Teaching Institute)
  • Segun Olusanya [SO] (JICSCast, The Bottom Line)
  • Thomas C. Neal [TCN]

LITFL Review 331 Marjorie Lazoff, MD

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