Have a very EMS Christmas

Hello from the world of ambulances and other emergency services! We hope you have an excellent Christmas and holiday period. It’s a fun time and people are usually in a good mood at the end of a working year. It’s a time to spend with family and friends, to eat and drink, and generally try

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 219

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

Is Bias Limiting Your Effectiveness as a Prehospital Provider?

The Ditch Doc EM Podcast: Episode 8 Bias Show Notes   What is Bias? Merriam Webster defines bias as: an inclination of temperament or outlook; especially : a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment How Can Bias Affect Providers?   Misinterpretation of Research Searching for studies that support your belief. Biased Ex 1: Dangers of Ketamine Biased Ex 2: Benefits of Ketamine

ECG of the Week – 18th December 2017 – Interpretation

The following ECG is from a 90 yr old female who presented with general deterioration, weakness and anorexia. She has a past cardiac history of cardiac failure, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and aortic valve replacement. Click to enlarge Rate: Mean ventricular rate 66 bpm  Rhythm: Atrial fibrillation Irregular rhythm Fibrillation waves sen in leads V2-3 Single PVC

Conversations with our Fathers

LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical BlogLITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog – Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog This is a guest post by Dr Ben Symon (@symon_ben). Ben is a paediatric emergency physician in Queensland and one of the creators of Simulcast. When I was thirteen

Are These Wellens’ Waves??

This is a repost.  I’ve received a few questions like this, so wanted to re-inforce the idea of down-up vs. up-down T-wavesCase:One of our residents texted me this ECG and was worried about Wellens’ waves.A middle-aged male presented with vomiting.  Here was the initial ED ECG: What do you think? Here is my response:  “What

LITFL Review 311

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 311th 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