Aortic Dissection

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the EM Basic podcast.  To celebrate this occasion, we are going to do a screencast on aortic dissection.  This is a very challenging disease to diagnose because patients have lots of different presentations that can make it difficult to diagnose.  We’ll talk about the common presentations of dissection, the not-so-common presentations, how to order the right imaging, how to treat these patients in the ED, and how to get them to the right level of care.

Aortic Dissection Screencast

Aortic Dissection Screencast Audio File

Aortic Dissection Show Notes (Word Format)

Aortic Dissection Show Notes (PDF)

IRAD study link (Free full text)

IRAD study PDF (Free full text)

Check out our bandwidth sponsor EB Medicine.  Residents can get free access to all of their resources and attending can get a discount on some of their great products at the EB Medicine EM Basic page.  They just released the EB Medicine app that allows access to their entire collection without on your mobile device without WiFi.

Non-Pregnant Vaginal Bleeding

Today’s episode of EM Basic will review vaginal bleeding in patients who are not pregnant.  This is a much different workup from pregnant patients with vaginal bleeding so we have to know how to effectively manage this chief complaint.

This episode was written and recorded by Dr. Adaira Landry, an EM senior resident at NYU/Bellevue and Joe Kennedy, a 4th year medical student at Mayo Medical School who matched into EM just after this episode was recorded.  They’ll review what vital signs to look out for, the important parts of this history and physical, what labs and imaging to order (if any), and the proper disposition of patients with this chief complaint.

Non-pregnant Vaginal Bleeding Podcast

Non-pregnant Vaginal Bleeding Show Notes (Word Format)

Non-pregnant Vaginal Bleeding Show Notes (PDF)

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Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)

Today’s episode will cover Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), aka Care Under Fire, aka Care in the Immediately Unsafe Environment.  Dr. Andy Bohn, a residency colleague, recorded today’s episode to talk about the basics of taking care of any patient in an unsafe environment.  While the military connotations of this may make you uncomfortable, the techniques and protocols he discusses can be directly translated into any civilian mass casualty scenario such as the Boston Marathon bombing or the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.  Andy will discuss how to stay safe in these hostile environments, how to perform the right interventions that will save lives while elimintating the useless interventions that won’t (I’m looking at you- c-collars…), and how to get the casualty to the next level of care safely.

TCCC podcast

TCCC Show Notes (Word Format)

TCCC Show Notes (PDF)

An added bonus- Dr. Anshul Gandhi put together an open access Evernote notebook with all the EM Basic show notes to include tags, links, and a search function.

EM Basic Evernote Notebook


EM Basic is back with a brand new episode.  Today’s episode was done by Dylan Norton and David Murphy, both 4th year medical students at the University of Colorado Medical School.  We see epistaxis a lot in the ED and while most of it is mild and self limiting, there are frequently cases that take a lot of skill to manage.  They’ll talk about the basics of the history and physical with epistaxis, how to order the necessary lab tests, how to manage any case of epistaxis in a step-wise manner, and some newer areas of research.

Don’t forget to check out EB Medicine and their great educational resources– residents are eligible for free electronic access while attendings and those needing CME can get a great discount on their subscriptions.

Epistaxis Podcast

Epistaxis Show Notes (Word Format)

Epistaxis Show Notes (PDF)

EM Basic is now partnering with EB Medicine

This is a quick announcement to let you know that EM Basic is now partnering with EB Medicine as our official bandwidth sponsor.  EB Medicine publishes many resources in Emergency Medicine to include EM Practice, Pediatric EM Practice, as well as LLSA reviews.  These reviews are made by EM physicians for EM providers and provide the latest evidence based medicine reviews of common EM chief complaints.  Recent issues include management of seizures in the ED, hand injuries, and angioedema.  These are quick and to the point reviews that review everything you need to know and nothing that you don’t.

For residents, you can get free electronic access to all of EB Medicine’s issues for free- no obligation and no strings attached.  EB Medicine is so confident in the quality of their resources that they know you will want to subscribe once you are done training.  I started reading EB Medicine as a resident and it is one of the few resources that I read cover to cover each month.

For attendings and those needing CME- if you visit EB Medicine you will get a great discount and help support the EM Basic podcast with each subscription that is purchased.

In exchange for this, I’ll be promoting EB Medicine’s products at the end of each podcast.  These will be brief and they won’t be intrusive.  In accordance with the previous disclaimer on EM Basic, it has been updated to reflect EB Medicine as our official bandwidth sponsor.  However, EM Basic has an always will be free from any outside influence on the content in the podcast.  EB Medicine or any other company will never have any influence on the educational content of the podcast.  In accordance with this change, I have updated the EM Basic Disclaimer to reflect EB Medicine as a bandwidth sponsor.

Check out the EM Basic page on EB Medicine for information on how to get access for both residents and attendings.

If you don’t have an EB medicine account already- call or email them at the information below and they will set up your free access within minutes:

Telephone: 1-800-249-5770

EB Medicine Announcement Podcast

Take care