July 2011 Posts

Female abdominal pain

A female with abdominal pain can turn into a very complicated patient, thus this chief complaint needs its very own podcast.  We’ll review the bread and butter basics and go over some practical tips on how to avoid all the pitfalls with these patients.

Female abdominal pain

Female abdominal pain show notes (Word format)

Female abdominal pain show notes (PDF format)

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints in the ED.  In this podcast we will review how to get a good history, how to do a solid abdominal exam, and a systematic method for figuring out how to effectively use imaging with to make a diagnosis or, at the very least, rule out “the badness”.  As always, please feel free to drop me a line at steve@embasic.org.

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain show notes (Word format)

Abdominal pain show notes (PDF format)

Chest pain

Chest pain- its one of the most common chief complaints in the ED and we need to be the experts on this.  This podcast reviews how to get a good history of the patient’s chest pain, the relevant physical exam findings, how to work it up, and how to talk effectively to your consultants.  Please email your comments and suggestions to steve@embasic.org.

Update (7/16/2016)- A listener asked about the reference that patients who are on anticoagulation are at the same risk for PE as those who are not on anticoagulation.  I admit this was something I was taught by my attendings during my residency but I did not look up.  I did find this study that found that in the time span of 8 years at one hospital, 9% of their admissions for PE were patients who were already taking coumadin (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23740364).  So while it is possible to have an acute PE with a therapeutic INR, I cannot say that these patients are at the same risk as those who are not on anticoagulation based on what I could find in the literature.  However, you should still pursue the diagnosis of PE in a patient on anticoagulation (even if they are therapeutic on coumadin) if you suspect it based on your history, physical, and other findings.  These patients may need to be placed on different anticoagulation, possibly injectable low molecular weight heparin.

I plan on updating this episode in the near future to include new information on low risk chest pain rule outs using delta troponin testing in the ED as well as other developments in the world of chest pain workup.  Stay tuned and thanks for listening.


Chest pain

Chest pain show notes (Word document)

Chest pain show notes (PDF)



This is the first post of the EMbasic blog and podcast.  The goal of this podcast is to introduce medical students and EM interns to the very basics of emergency medicine.  Each podcast starts with a chief complaint- chest pain, abdominal pain, etc.- and goes through the basics- the history, the physical, the workup, basic management, and the important clinical pearls all in easy to digest 30 minute audio podcasts.  This first podcast is an introduction- real short and sweet on who I am, what this podcast is, what I hope to accomplish, how to most effectively use these podcasts, and other websites and podcasts that will help you expand your knowledge.


Steve Carroll

EM senior resident

Brooke Army Medical Center

DISCLAIMER: *The views expressed in this podcast and blog do not represent the views or opinions of the Department of Defense, the US Army, or the SAUSHEC emergency medicine residency program*

Intro Podcast- EM Basic