During the past year it was my absolute pleasure to share a wide array of topics with you. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight just a few of them.


Briefs are single topic posts that drop on select Thursdays. The goal is to answer a single question about a common ED topic that will serve as a review and/or cause you to reconsider how you diagnose and manage certain conditions.

Depakote is second line therapy for patients with status migrainous who have not responded to antiemetics like prochlorperazine or metoclopramide. Read more about the evidence here. 
Though an uncommon presenting symptom it is important to properly recognize, work up and manage hematemesis in infants. Read all about it. 
For most patients with serum sickness-like reaction the treatment is supportive. Learn why here.
The management of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura has changed significantly over the past decade. Some patients can be discharged home from the ED. Find out why.
One of the most controversial topics in the evidence is whether or not you need to prescribe antibiotics after I&D of a cutaneous abscess. Learn more here.

Why We Do What We Do

Perhaps my favorite series on the blog, WWDWWD focuses on a more comprehensive review of a high impact topic. Released periodically, these posts should help you better understand therapies and diagnostics. Hover over each topic for a brief synapse or click on the link below for the full blog post.

Dexamethasone for croup

Read the entire post here

Antiemetics in migraines

Read the entire post here

Ondansetron in gastroenteritis

Read the entire post here 

Steroids in asthma exacerbations

Read the entire post here

IV magnesium in asthma exacerbations

Read the entire post here

Early stylet removal in LP

Read the entire post here 

The Art of Medicine

There’s certainly a lot more to being a physicians than running tests and logging hours. Interactions with patients are equal parts rewarding and challenging. This year I started a new series called the Art of Medicine. Here’s a post that I’m pretty darn proud of. It focuses on a prominent emotion that many parents feel or conceal when coming to the ED – fear.