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Fingertip Sensor Measures Lithium Levels in Sweat

by Conn Hastings
Aug 29, 2022
Researchers at UCLA have developed a fingertip sensor that can rapidly provide data on the levels of lithium in the body. Used as a treatment for b...
Tactical Medicine News

Wearable Tracks Mental States

Researchers at New York University have created a wearable system that can measure electrodermal activity, a property of the skin that is influence...
Tactical Medicine News

Ep 171 Posterior Stroke, EP Lead, HEAR Score, Ketamine for Suicidal Ideation, Peer Support Workers – Highlights from Calgary EM Hodsman Lecture Day

In this special edition main EM Cases podcast episode we feature the highlights from live podcasts recorded at Calgary EM during their annual Hodsm...
Tactical Medicine News

Smartphone App to Diagnose Neurological Disorders

A team at the University of California San Diego has developed a smartphone app that can precisely measure changes in pupil size as a potential met...
Tactical Medicine News

Should Diphenhydramine be included in an Acute Agitation Regimen?

Background Acute agitation in the emergency department is a common issue that frequently requires the use of chemical sedation to preserve safety f...
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Meet Sensate – A Device That Calms Your Fight or Flight Response: Interview Exclusive

A quick way to soothe your nerves sounds too good to be true. There are many methods and techniques used for achieving this “calm” that include bre...
Tactical Medicine News

Human Trafficking in the ED – What you need to know

Human trafficking is a devastating crime, where a human being’s labor is exploited through force, fraud, or coercion, for someone else’s profit (1)...
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Robotic Cat Improves Mood and Cognition for People with Dementia

A research team at Florida Atlantic University has tested a robotic cat in its ability to influence the mood and cognition of patients with dementi...
Tactical Medicine News

EM Quick Hits 30 Scaphoid Fracture, Therapeutic Hypothermia, HEADS-ED, Pelvic Trauma, Kratom, Femoral Lines

In this month's EM Quick Hits podcast: Arun Sayal on the nuances of assessment for scaphoid fractures, Justin Morgenstern on the evidence for thera...
Tactical Medicine News

Microchip Nanosensor Detects Stress Hormone from Drop of Blood

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a microchip that can perform real-time measurements of stress hormone levels in a drop of blood. T...
Tactical Medicine News

Does the Combination of Parenteral Olanzapine with Benzodiazepines for Agitation in the ED Increase the Risk of Adverse Events?

A previous EM Pharm Pearl focused on the adverse events associated with the use of IV olanzapine for agitation. This pearl addresses concerns aroun...
Tactical Medicine News

Computerized Adaptive Screen for Suicidal Youth (CASSY) study

Adolescent suicide rates in the United States, partly augmented by the COVID-19 pandemic, are steadily increasing [1, 2]. A commonly used screening...
Tactical Medicine News

ALiEM AIR | Psychosocial 2020 Module

Welcome to the AIR Psychosocial Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts from the top 50 sites of the Social Media Index, the ALiEM AIR...
Tactical Medicine News

EMU365 ED Initiated Buprenorphine with Reuben Strayer

This EMU365 video features Dr. Reuben Strayer, who discusses incorporating ED initiated buprenorphine into our practice and how we can improve morb...
Tactical Medicine News

EM Quick Hits 7 Approach to Status Epilepticus, Codeine Interactions, Anticoagulation in Malignancy, Atrial Fibrillation Rate vs Rhythm Control, Peripheral Vasopressors, Motivational Interviewing

Anand Swaminathan on a simple approach to status epilepticus, David Juurlink on codeine and tramadol interactions: nasty drugs with nastier drug in...
Tactical Medicine News

Ep 115 Emergency Management of the Agitated Patient

Managing acutely agitated patients can cause anxiety in even the most seasoned emergency doctor. These are high risk patients and they are high ris...
Tactical Medicine News

BCE 75 Reuben Strayer’s Agitated Patient

In anticipation of Episode 115 Management of the Agitated Patient, Dr. Reuben Strayer tells the story of the case that got him interested in develo...
Tactical Medicine News

Is Ketamine Contraindicated in Patients with Psychiatric Disorders?

Background: In recent years, ketamine use has dramatically increased in the Emergency Department (ED). There are four major indications for the use...
Tactical Medicine News

AIR Series Psychobehavioral 2017

Welcome to the Psychobehavioral Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts from the top 50 sites of the Social Media Index the ALiEM AIR ...
Tactical Medicine News

Best Case Ever 50 – Delirium Tremens

In anticipation of EM Cases Episode 87 on Alcohol Withdrawal Dr. Sara Gray describes her Best Case Ever of severe alcohol withdrawal and Delirium T...
Tactical Medicine News

Episode 85 – Medical Clearance of the Psychiatric Patient

Psychiatric chief complaints comprise about 6 or 7% of all ED visits, with the numbers of psychiatric patients we see increasing every year. The ED...
Tactical Medicine News

Best Case Ever 48 – Organic vs Psychiatric Illness

Sometimes what initially appears to be a psychiatric illness turns out to be an organic illness, and vise versa. In our assessment of the patient w...
Tactical Medicine News

Episode 74 Opioid Misuse in Emergency Medicine

Pain leads to suffering. Opioid misuse leads to suffering. We strive to avoid both for our patients. On the one hand, treating pain is one of the m...
Tactical Medicine News

Best Case Ever 41 Opiate Misuse and Physician Compassion

Opiate misuse is everywhere. Approximately 15-20% of ED patients in the US are prescribed outpatient opiates upon discharge. In Ontario, about 10 ...
Tactical Medicine News

AIR Series: Psychiatry Module 2014

Welcome to the fifth ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Module! In an effort to reward our residents for the reading and learning they ar...
Tactical Medicine News

Anxiolytics and Hypnotics: Are They Doing Harm?

A patient presents to the emergency department complaining of increasing insomnia due to anxiety. She states that she is not actively suicidal nor ...
Tactical Medicine News

Atypical Antipsychotic Medication Re-initiation in the Emergency Department

The acute episode of intoxication and agitation has subsided and your patient is calm. She has been medically cleared and is ready to be moved to a...
Tactical Medicine News

Why the Holidays Can Be Deadly

The winter holiday season is a busy time in most EDs. Colder weather, respiratory infections, and many factors contribute to this. However Christma...
Tactical Medicine News

Paucis Verbis: Assessing patients with suicidality in the ED

Dr. Rob Orman emailed me last week about creating a pocket card on Suicide Risk Stratification. In many community ED’s, risk assessment is done by ...
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