Syncope guide 2019

A new guide on our site on Syncope! Often overly investigated and common pitfalls abound.

See our guide section here -

Link is here for pdf.

Comments and edits of course welcome.

Nul pointes..... the zero point survey?

Cliff Reid surmises that preparing yourself BEFORE the stress and immediacy of critical care tasks. Zen achieved via zero points...  survey that is.
Not just for pre-hospital teams but also for ED situations.

Ventilation guide Ver. 2

An update of our ventilation guide is now available here (pdf).
Version 2 includes nods to new techniques as well as ventilation strategies for difficult or rarer conditions. As always this is free for download and replication/alteration for your purposes.

Essential # management

Excellent self explanatory talk.
Essentials indeed.

Teaming in the real world / work

Been away for a while but we will still be posting EM related content intermittently. Here's a teamwork demonstration like no other which is applicable in complex environments like ours. 

Moral injury, not burnout

Dr Zubin Damania does great parody songs but his rants are equally engaging.
This call to arms denounces the odious habit of blaming people rather than systems/institutions. A different viewpoint indeed but well thought out and has evidence at its core.

Other very good links on this topic:

How you perceive these challenges (in the ED setting) depends on your world view however your perspective might be influenced by the following; 
  1. Stepping into a non metropolis resource limited setting
  2. Being a patient or having a loved one be a patient
  3. Talk with an "old timer" ED Doc. If they're still in this challenging environment after decades, they must be doing something right.
Systems inherently lack pathos so our efforts must be channeled into doing what best for patients and peer monitoring/support for ourselves/nurses/students.

As always... fight the power! 

All about back pain

Hello again! We have a been away for a while on family and work commitments.
Here's some great nuggets on one of the most common conditions seen in a lot of EDs. It shows everything from pathogenesis to red flags to clinical exam.
Follow Dr Ebraheim's youtube channel for more of his series.