Being able to give a good ED patient presentation will not only help you get a good grade on your EM rotation, it will also make sure that nothing is missed in the patient’s care. In this episode, I’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of forming and delivering a solid ED patient presentation that is complete and concise at the same time. I’ll also give a few example presentations so you can put it all together. The show notes here are condensed down so you can carry them around with you on shift so you don’t forget anything. There is even a card sized version in the show notes for even further portability. Feel free to take the Word format show notes and re-format them to fit your needs.
Shortness of breath is a chief complaint that we encounter each day in the ED. This chief complaint encompasses a huge differential and this is a long podcast. As always, I’ll break this chief complaint down into the diagnoses that we can’t miss and how to treat the underlying causes of shortness of breath for both kids and adults.
Two more podcast recommendations
PEM ED- Pediatric emergency podcast by Andy Sloas- a PEM fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital who provides great information on pediatric emergency medicine topics including febrile infants, clearing the pediatric c-spine, pediatric airway, and more
Dirt Medicine- A podcast by Pete Anderson, MD made for military medics but with great information for any prehospital or ED provider. He covers relevant topics on RSI, burn resuscitation, and how to use ketamine, to name a few.