About Brad Sobolewski

Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an Assistant Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is on Twitter @PEMTweets and authors the Pediatric Emergency Medicine site PEMBlog. All views are strictly my own and not official medical advice.

A better way to perform a needle thoracostomy

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.

By | 2018-03-09T11:16:34+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Trauma, Video|

You don’t need a test to diagnose 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.

By | 2018-01-23T12:42:31+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Infectious Diseases|

50 Words – January 2018

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.

By | 2018-02-25T17:18:40+00:00 January 10th, 2018|50 Words|
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