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This blog serves as a bulletin board for emergency physicians to share unusual and interesting photos of life in the ED. It is also a partner with our Instagram account, @em_news, where you can find these photos on the go.
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Seeing a small left ventricle on ultrasound in a cardiac arrest patient
should prompt the consideration of pulmonary embolism as a cause, given the
limitations inherent in scanning during pulse checks, says Dr. Christine Butts. (https://bit.ly/2WkI1aV.)
Dr. Leon Gussow says the enduringly popular drug of abuse
dextromethorphan mimics the properties of other drugs like ketamine when taken
in overdose, and it can interact with other medications to cause serotonin
Using ultrasound during aspiration of a wrist helps identify the right
location and makes sure you’re in the right spot, say Dr. James Roberts and Ms.
Martha Roberts. (http://bit.ly/EMN-ProceduralPause.)
Dr. Loice Swisher says unremitting pain in the bones in elderly patients
is sometimes the telltale sign of a devastating diagnosis. Can you tell what
the cause of this patient’s pain is from this x-ray? (http://bit.ly/EMN-Lions-and-Tigers-and-Bears.)
Dr. Leon Gussow says the antimalarial drug chloroquine that is now being
used against the coronavirus is far from a safe drug—it is often included on
the list of drugs that can kill a toddler in a single dose. (https://bit.ly/2YpnVi8.)