December 2011 Posts

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

This is a topic episode on Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). We’ll discuss the diagnosis and treatment of this complex disease process and how to avoid pitfalls that can harm the patient. There will also be tons of clinical pearls including treatment of DKA’s cousin Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar State (HHS) and pediatric DKA considerations.

Also, you can now follow EM Basic on Twitter- @embasic for news on the latest episodes and anything else interesting that I find related to emergency medicine.

This episode is also the debut of a new microphone setup that gives a much higher audio quality for the podcast.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

DKA show notes (Word format)

DKA show notes (PDF Format)

EM Basic is now on twitter

Just an announcement that you can now follow EM Basic on twitter- @embasic.  I’ll tweet when there is a new episode and if there is anything else that I find interesting on the EM interwebs.  Its not a personal twitter account so I won’t bog you down with the details of my life (does anybody else really need to know  that I’m going to get my car’s oil changed or that I dislike evening shifts?…didn’t think so).  So if you are a twitter fan, follow EM Basic on twitter for all the latest updates.

You stay classy, podcast listeners


Show notes completed

Hey everybody,

I finally got the time to catch up on all of the show notes.  Now all of the episodes (except the intro and podcast episode) have 2-3 page summaries.  You can find them added onto each blog entry or below in the master file.  Please drop me a line with any feedback and let me know if these are helpful.


EM Basic show notes link (Word and PDF formats)


The EM Basic Master File

Hey everybody,

Just an extra post to let you know that I just posted something that I hope some listeners find useful.  If you use iTunes you probably don’t have a problem downloading all of the old episodes to your mobile device.  However, if you download the podcasts from the website I know how much of a pain it is to download each old file individually if you have to go all the way back the beginning.  I should know, I had to do that before I got my iPhone only a few months ago.

To help with this, I’ve created a master file of all of the podcasts in one big Zip file.  So instead of having to go back to each post and download each podcast individually, you can do it all in one shot.  I’ve also made a master file for the show notes as well.

One warning- since the podcast file is so large (320 MB and counting), I had to use a free file hosting service.  The only downside is that you have to give them your email address and then they email you the link.  I’ve tried it and it works but you should probably give them your spam email address instead of your regular email address.  If I figure out a better option (or if anyone has any suggestions for this) I’ll let you know.

EM Basic Podcast Master File and Show Notes (Word and PDF)

Let me know if this helps


Altered Mental Status (AMS)

This podcast will discuss how to approach the patient with altered mental status. These patient present a special challenge because there are a ton of reasons why a patient may be altered. As always, we’ll review the major points in the history and exam, the differential diagnosis, and a few points on management.

If you haven’t done so already, please fill out the EM Basic survey. Also in this episode is a reivew of a new emergency medicine iPhone App (palmEM) and an FYI concerning the last podcast on MI and ACS.

Altered Mental Status (AMS) podcast

AMS show notes (Word)

AMS show notes (PDF)

palmEM iPhone app

Dr. Rob Orman from ER Cast- Do Cardiac Risk Factors Matter?