Approach to the IDU in the ED from the CFN

[Featured Image: Creative Commons, danielleellis55 on Flickr.] First off here’s a video I recorded for the CEM FOAMed network on “approach to the injecting drug user“. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and check out the site. There’s a podcast feed and a blog feed, so be sure to get both. [Direct Download ]]   Injecting Drug… [Continue Reading]

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RCT of ED Renal Ultrasound for renal colic

The Trial Smith-Bindman R, Aubin C, Bailitz J, Bengiamin RN, Camargo CA Jr., Corbo J, et al. Ultrasonography versus Computed Tomography for Suspected Nephrolithiasis. N Engl J Med. 2014 Sep 18;371(12):1100–10.  They managed to come up with the STONE trial as acronym for this one. [Study of Tomography Of Nephrolithiasis Evaluation] This is big news… [Continue Reading]

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Exit Block: What it is and why it’s dangerous.

This a great video from the college on the significance of exit block and the effects it’s having on our patients and staff. This, along with the recruitment crisis is, I think the biggest issue facing emergency medicine in both Ireland and the UK. Well worth a watch. [H/T Simon Carley for the orignial tweet where… [Continue Reading]

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An Irish Emergency Physician in Australia

[Ed: Cian is a friend and recent graduate from EM training in Ireland and below are his reflections on his current gig in Geelong, Australia.] This is my first attempt at writing a blog post. To borrow advice from Mark Twain, I’m going to write what I know and what I do everyday at work,… [Continue Reading]

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Recent controversies in sepsis

Below is a recent talk I prepared for a teaching meeting for the ICU and ED staff. Unfortunately I was still on my train when I was due to give it so here it is online instead. MMUH ICU ED teaching sepsis from Andrew Neill References: Annane D. Effects of Fluid Resuscitation With Colloids vs… [Continue Reading]

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CEM FOAMed network

The College of Emergency Medicine is the body responsible for training all the wonderful UK emergency medicine trainees and represents the speciality in the UK. The trainees in Ireland do the UK exams so the specialties in both countries have a fairly close relationship. The college’s main online educational presence in recent years has been the ENLIGHTENme […]

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Tasty Morsels of EM 041 – Acute Urinary Retention

[Featured Image: Frivadossi, Wikimedia Commons] As always, this is from the ever expanding google doc on bits and bobs I read and learn from. This time: ED Management of acute urinary retention. EB Medicine Causes Men – think prostate Women – bladder masses, gynae surgery and prolapse Drugs: calcium channel blockers (i didn’t know this), […]

IAEM 2014

IAEM 2014

The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine are hosting their annual scientific meeting this year in Dun Laoghaire. They’ve just launched the website for the event where you can find all the info you need. This year’s event is being hosted by one of former hospitals, St Vincent’s University Hosptial Dublin where both this site’s own David […]

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Tasty Morsels of EM 040 HSV in Kiddies

[Featured Image: Ben Tillman, Wikimedia Commons] Another review from the EB Medicine series of publications. Remember this comes free with EMRA membership if you’re a trainee. Along with EM:RAP, Emergency Medical Abstracts and lots of other good stuff. This time it’s Paeds: Pediatric Herpes Simplex Virus Infections: An Evidence-Based Approach To Treatment. Paediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. […]

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Tasty Morsels of EM 039 BradyDysrhythmias

[Featured image via LITFL] Approach to BradyDysrhythmias EB Medicine Article [free via EMRA if you're a member. About 70 dollars a year. Well worth it.]   On a FOAMed note, it’s interesting that all the ECGs in the article are taken from LITFL. Another sign that FOAMed is not providing a marginal, niche resource, but […]