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Our near daily podcasts move quickly to reflect current events, are inspired by real patient care, and speak to the true nature of what it’s like to work in the Emergency Room or Pre-Hospital Setting. Each medical minute is recorded in a real emergency department, by the emergency physician or clinical pharmacist on duty – the ER is our studio and everything is live.

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Our near daily podcasts move quickly to reflect current events, are inspired by real patient care, and speak to the true nature of what it’s like to work in the Emergency Room or Pre-Hospital Setting. Each medical minute is recorded in a real emergency department, by the emergency physician or clinical pharmacist on duty – the ER is our studio and everything is live.

    Podcast 721: Blakemore & Minnesota Tubes: Part II

    Podcast 721: Blakemore & Minnesota Tubes: Part II

    Contributor: Dylan Luyten, MD
    Educational Pearls:
    To place a Blakemore/Minnesota Tube: Insert into esophagus under visualization Inflate gastric port with 60 cc of air and obtain a chest xray to ensure the balloon below the diaphragm Once confirmed, place a total of 500cc of air into the gastric balloon via the gastric port Tie a liter saline bad to the tube using Kerlix and hang it off an IV pole or other object to provide about 2 lbs of traction Now the the tube is in place under traction, attach a manometer to the esophageal balloon port Provide low pressure to tamponade a variceal bleed, which is about 33 mmHg This is a temporizing measure and often patients need to get a Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) from interventional radiology for more definitive treatment References
    Powell M, Journey JD. Sengstaken-Blakemore Tube. [Updated 2021 Jul 27]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK558924/
    Amazing video of placement by EM:RAP ProductionsPlacement of a Minnesota Tube for Bleeding Varices
    Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD
     
    The Emergency Medical Minute is excited to announce that we are now offering AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ via online course modules. To access these and for more information, visit our website at https://emergencymedicalminute.org/cme-courses/ and create an account. 
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    On the Streets #11: Salient Pre-hospital Considerations for Neurosurgical Emergencies - a Smorgasbord

    On the Streets #11: Salient Pre-hospital Considerations for Neurosurgical Emergencies - a Smorgasbord

    On this episode of On The Streets, host, Jordan Ourada sits down with neurosurgeon/neurooncologist Dr. Eddie Tsvankin to discuss various topics concerning neurosurgery and how EMS workers in the field can better understand and manage neurological emergencies. In this episode specifically, you’ll hear Jordan and Dr. Tsvankin discuss topics including:
    Priorities in caring for patients experiencing seizures Short and long-term complications of tumor resection surgery Specifics on how brain tumors are operated on and the difficult decisions that must be made ahead of time Assessment of post-operative incisions and signs of infections How chemotherapy and radiation effect the healing process for neurosurgery patients Dr. Eddie’s thoughts on COVID and how it has impacted his career The ins and outs of ventriculoperitoneal shunts The Emergency Medical Minute is excited to announce that we are now offering AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ via online course modules. To access these and for more information, visit our website at https://emergencymedicalminute.org/cme-courses/ and create an account. 
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    Podcast 720: Blakemore & Minnesota Tubes: Part I

    Podcast 720: Blakemore & Minnesota Tubes: Part I

    Contributor: Dylan Luyten, MD
    Educational Pearls:
    Minnesota Tube has an extra port for suctioning otherwise is the same as a Blakemore Tube Indicated in MASSIVE upper GI bleeding often due to esophageal varices Esophageal varices are dilated, tortuous vessels in the esophagus due to increased portal venous pressure that can bleeding into the upper GI tract Patients with massive upper GI bleed should be intubated prior to placing a Blakemore/Minnesota tube References
    Meseeha M, Attia M. Esophageal Varices. [Updated 2021 Aug 11]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK448078/
    Biecker E. Portal hypertension and gastrointestinal bleeding: diagnosis, prevention and management. World J Gastroenterol. 2013;19(31):5035-5050. doi:10.3748/wjg.v19.i31.5035
    Powell M, Journey JD. Sengstaken-Blakemore Tube. [Updated 2021 Jul 27]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK558924/
    Photo from Wikimedia Commons
    Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD
     
    The Emergency Medical Minute is excited to announce that we are now offering AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ via online course modules. To access these and for more information, visit our website at https://emergencymedicalminute.org/cme-courses/ and create an account. 
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    Podcast 719: Normal Saline vs. Tap Water for Wound Irrigation

    Podcast 719: Normal Saline vs. Tap Water for Wound Irrigation

    Contributor: Ricky Dhaliwal, MD
    Educational Pearls:
    Multiple RCTs and a Cochrane Review found there is no difference in wound infection rates when irrigating with tap water  Pressure of the water and how extensively the wound is irrigated were the most important factors affecting infection rates Quantity and type of water were independently not as important References
    Fernandez R, Griffiths R. Water for wound cleansing. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;(2):CD003861. Published 2012 Feb 15. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003861.pub3
    Lewis K, Pay JL. Wound Irrigation. [Updated 2021 Jun 4]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK538522/
    Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD
     
    The Emergency Medical Minute is excited to announce that we are now offering AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ via online course modules. To access these and for more information, visit our website at https://emergencymedicalminute.org/cme-courses/ and create an account. 
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    Podcast 718: Renal Failure Follow Up

    Podcast 718: Renal Failure Follow Up

    Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD
    Educational Pearls:
    Patients with acute renal failure often need medical management for hyperkalemia Those with severe electrolyte derangements or absent renal function may need emergent dialysis as well Dialysis catheters are 12 or 14 french catheters placed in the right internal jugular or left subclavian Placement is very similar to a central line or cordis catheter Trialysis catheter is one option that has an extra port that can be used for regular medication administration and drawing blood Do not default to use dialysis catheters for normal ED access due to risk of infection and clot development While dialysis catheters are typically reserved for dialysis only, they can be used in extreme circumstances, such as a cardiac arrest References
    Co I, Gunnerson K. Emergency Department Management of Acute Kidney Injury, Electrolyte Abnormalities, and Renal Replacement Therapy in the Critically Ill. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2019;37(3):459-471. doi:10.1016/j.emc.2019.04.006
    Simon LV, Hashmi MF, Farrell MW. Hyperkalemia. [Updated 2021 Aug 14]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470284/
    Akaraborworn O. A review in emergency central venous catheterization. Chin J Traumatol. 2017;20(3):137-140. doi:10.1016/j.cjtee.2017.03.003
    Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD
     
    The Emergency Medical Minute is excited to announce that we are now offering AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ via online course modules. To access these and for more information, visit our website at https://emergencymedicalminute.org/cme-courses/ and create an account. 
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    Podcast 717: A cautionary tale of renal failure

    Podcast 717: A cautionary tale of renal failure

    Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD
    Educational Pearls:
    Hyperkalemia can cause EKG changes such as a widened QRS The fastest electrolyte results can be obtained off a VBG with electrolytes  or point-of-care labs Hyperkalemia may be reported as “hemolyzed” which indicated lysis of red blood cells and artificial elevation of the potassium level. However, always keep in mind the clinical context and look at other metabolic abnormalities like creatinine and BUN for other clues that it may actually not be hemolyzed References
    Co I, Gunnerson K. Emergency Department Management of Acute Kidney Injury, Electrolyte Abnormalities, and Renal Replacement Therapy in the Critically Ill. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2019;37(3):459-471. doi:10.1016/j.emc.2019.04.006
    Simon LV, Hashmi MF, Farrell MW. Hyperkalemia. [Updated 2021 Aug 14]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470284/
    Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD
     
    The Emergency Medical Minute is excited to announce that we are now offering AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ via online course modules. To access these and for more information, visit our website at https://emergencymedicalminute.org/cme-courses/ and create an account. 
    Donate to EMM today!

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