Sure, you could just jam a 14 gauge angiocath into the intercostal space and listen for the whoosh of air that may and may not come... But why not try this method, which takes a few seconds longer to set up, but gives you better feedback and allows you to temporarily close the system in preparation for a formal chest tube.
Breaking down Pediatric Emergency Medicine related articles in 50 words or less since January 2018!
I'll be in Washington, DC this weekend at the 2018 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference. If you're attending I'd be delighted to chat about online learning, #FOAMed, podcasts and more.
This edition of PEM Currents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast drills down on dental infections. Go ahead and brush up.
Learn how to diagnose and manage the extra-octave fracture of the 5th digit in this edition of Fracture Fridays.
If you work long enough in the Pediatric Emergency Department - like half a shift - you will see a child with complaints of dental pain. This edition of Briefs focuses on odontogenic infections, including management and complications.
This episode of PEM Currents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast, is focused on when you should (and mostly) shouldn't test for the flu.
Influenza season is in full swing. Most areas of the US are seeing widespread influenza activity.Though some patients can become very ill, and even die most do well. The main purpose of this post is to encourage you to use clinical history and physical examination to allow you to make the diagnosis of influenza, especially when disease prevalence is high. The bottom line is that you are smart, and if you think it is the flu you are probably right.
CBC and WBC especially aren't really that helpful when evaluating the febrile child.
This is a new feature on PEMBlog. I will be summarizing recent articles in 50 words (or less). I know that all of you are busy, so I wanted to give a quick synopsis of current literature, and offer you a chance to see what's out there. I highly encourage you to look at the individual studies to see what conclusions you'll draw on your own of course.