Sorry for the delay…

Hey everybody,

I’m sorry for the delay in the most recent podcast.  I am trying to produce one every 10-14 days but I got busy with residency presentations so the most recent episode got delayed to the 16 day mark.

At the 16 day mark, I had a day off and I was pumped to finally sit down and record the next episode on febrile infants.  I come home from a morning meeting to find water pouring out of my front door.  A pipe in the kitchen burst and flooded most of the house.  In between lots of calls to the insurance company, working with the cleanup company, and living out of a suitcase in a hotel, I haven’t been able to sit down and record the next episode.  Is that a pretty good excuse?  Thanks to the wonderful people at Allstate insurance and ServPro professional cleanup, life is starting to return back to normal.

Don’t fear- the next episode is already prepped and I’ll get the chance to record it on Monday September 19th, come hell or high water- pun intended.

Thanks to everyone who has written reviews and rated the podcast on iTunes.  Thanks to you, EM Basic made it to the top of the “New and Noteworthy” in the medicine section on iTunes and the daily download count doubled overnight.

Thanks for listening to the podcast and thanks for holding on an extra week while my wife and I get our house back together.



We see patients with headache all the time in the ED. Most patients with headache don’t have a life threatening diagnosis but its our job to pick up that small percentage of patients that do.  In this episode we’ll go through how to take a good headache history, how to catch the red flags, the workup, and treatment of headache in the ED.  There’s also an extended bonus section that will review how to do an LP along with a few tricks of the trade.


Headache show notes (Word format)

Headache show notes (PDF format)

1,000th download

After 1 month and 5 episodes, EM Basic has reached 1,000 downloads.  Thank you to everyone who has made this project a success.  I’ll be posting a new episode on headache shortly.


Steve Carroll


Today we are breaking from the usual format and doing something a little different.  If your patient doesn’t have an adequate airway then we need to provide one.  We are the experts in the emergent airway and there’s a lot more to it than shouting out “20 of etomidate and 100 of suxs” like they used to do on the TV show ER.  This podcast will go over why we intubate patients, how to prepare for an intubation, the commonly used medications for RSI, tricks of the trade (and maybe a war story or two), and post-intubation management.  This is the first topic podcast that is a lot longer than the usual podcasts but airway is our number one priority so it deserves a little extra time.

Also- for the first time ever- a bonus section on a common medical myth.  Should you use the D-word for pain from cholecystitis…as in Demerol?  Stay tuned after the airway podcast for why this may not be a great idea and why you should just strike Demerol from your memory.

Airway podcast

Airway show notes (Word format)

Airway show notes (PDF format)

First trimester vaginal bleeding

First trimester vaginal bleeding may not be as exciting as a GSW to the chest but it’s something that we see a lot in the ED and we have the chance to make a positive impact even if the news isn’t good.  The workup can seem very cookbook at times but its important that we get it right.  In this episode, we’ll review the basic workup and disposition of first trimester vaginal bleeding.  Just as important as the medicine, we’ll also review how to talk to patients about this sensitive and worrisome diagnosis.

First Trimester Vaginal Bleeding

First Trimester Vaginal Bleeding show notes (Word format)

First Trimester Vaginal Bleeding show notes (PDF format)