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The INSPIRATION Trial: Intermediate Dose Anticoagulation in Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19

by Marco Torres
Apr 04, 2022
Background: COVID-19 infection increases the risk of thrombosis due to multiple factors.(Rico-Mesa, 2020). Over the last 2 years, researchers hav...
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ECG Cases 29 Misdiagnosis from Lead Misplacement, Artifact and Lead Reversal

In this ECG Cases blog we review 10 cases of possible artifact, lead reversal and lead misplacement. Can you spot the abnormalities and avoid the m...
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The Pragmatic Combination of YEARS Score and Age-Adjusted D-Dimer

Background: The optimal approach to risk stratifying patients for pulmonary embolism (PE) remains elusive. Multiple decision instruments are availa...
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The HEP-COVID Trial: Therapeutic Anticoagulation in Non-Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

Background: Patients with COVID-19 are at increased risk from thromboembolic phenomena. Patient-specific factors such as comorbidities and immobili...
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Rebellion21: Not Your Gallbladder – Clutch US Diagnoses in RUQ Pain via Jennifer Carnell, MD

In this 17-minute presentation from Rebellion in EM 2021, Dr. Jennifer Carnell, MD demonstrates how ultrasound can be used to make a diversity of d...
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EM Quick Hits 33 Polytrauma Tips & Tricks, Toxic Megacolon, ECG in PE, Patch Calls, CT Before LP, Nebulized Ketamine

In this month's EM Quick Hits podcast, Anand Swaminathan on tips and tricks in polytrauma, Rohit Mohindra on diagnosis and management of toxic mega...
Tactical Medicine News

ECG Cases 26: Pulmonary Embolism and Acute RV Strain

In this month's ECG Cases Dr. Jesse McLaren runs through 10 cases and explains how the ECG can be integral in the diagnosis and management of pulmo...
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ECG Cases 8 Cardiovascular Emergencies During The COVID-19 Pandemic

In this ECG Cases blog we look at 6 patients who presented with cardiorespiratory symptoms, possibly from COVID and illustrate the dangers of ancho...
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PEGeD Study – Is It Safe to Adjust the D-Dimer Threshold for Clinical Probability?

Background: The clinical diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) can be challenging given its variable presentation, thus requiring dependence on obje...
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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...
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The True Prevalence of PE in ED Syncope Patients

Background: Syncope, defined as a transient loss of consciousness with a complete recovery, is a common ED presentation. There are numerous causes ...
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EM Cases Best of 2018 Top 10

2018 was the most successful year in EM Cases 9 year history with 1,777,303 podcast downloads reaching a total download count of nearly 8 million t...
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LMWH in Cancer-Related VTE (CLOT Study)

Background: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurs frequently in patient with cancer. Treatment in this group entails a number of challenges including...
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Edoxaban in Cancer-Associated VTE

Background: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurs frequently in patient with cancer. Treatment in this group entails a number of challenges including...
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POCUS Cases Video Series has Launched!

The long wait has been well worth it. The EM Cases POCUS Cases Video Series has officially been launched! POCUS Cases is an original EM Cases video...
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The Critical Pulmonary Embolism Patient

Background: Previously, I had given a talk on the use of thrombolytics in submassive PE in 2016. This year, I had the privilege of speaking at ACOE...
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The YEARS Study – Simplified Diagnostic Approach to PE

Background: The clinical diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) can be challenging given its variable presentation, requiring dependence on objective...
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Safety of PE Treatment with Rivaroxaban

Background: The simplified PE Severity Index (sPESI) is one of several validated prognostic tools for acute pulmonary embolism (PE).  The European ...
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Altitude Adjusted PERC Oxygen Saturation

The PERC rule has been a welcome addition to the emergency department evaluation of patients with chest pain or dyspnea suspected of pulmonary embo...
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Normalization of Vital Signs Does Not Reduce the Probability of Pulmonary Embolism

Background: In patients with symptoms of pulmonary embolism (PE), we often turn to vital signs, including heart rate, respiratory rate and pulse...
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The PEAPETT Trial: Half Dose tPA for PEA due to Massive Pulmonary Embolism

Background: Anyone who has run a code, knows that pulseless electrical activity (PEA) during cardiac arrest has a worse prognosis compared to patie...
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Should I Stay or Should I Go: Outpatient Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism

Background: The care of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is currently undergoing a paradigm shift in the US with an increasingly large percentage of pa...
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Treatment of Submassive Pulmonary Embolism (PE): Full Dose, Half Dose, or No Dose?

Submassive pulmonary embolism (PE) is responsible for approximately 20% of all PEs.  Although the in-hospital mortality has been reported as about ...
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REBEL Cast Episode 30: The PESIT Trial – Do All Patients with 1st Time Syncope Need a Pulmonary Embolism Workup?

Background: Syncope is a very frustrating chief complaint for many in the medical field.  There is no gold standard test and no validated decision ...
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Best Case Ever 44 Low Risk Pulmonary Embolism

Dr. Salim Rezaie of R.E.B.E.L. EM tells his Best Case Ever of a Low Risk Pulmonary Embolism that begs us to consider a work-up and management plan ...
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Catheter Directed Thrombolysis: The Magic Bullet for Submassive Pulmonary Embolism?

Background: When evaluating therapeutic options for PE, there are three categories in my mind: Subsegmental, Submassive, and Massive. For simplicit...
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Update on Age-Adjusted D-Dimer

D-dimer has been shown to increase with age, which can cause a lower specificity (i.e. more false positive tests) in older patients. The result of ...
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Rivaroxaban for Treatment of Symptomatic Pulmonary Embolism

Typically, the treatment of acute pulmonary embolism consists of administration of unfractionated heparin or low molecular weight heparin (i.e. eno...
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Age Adjusted D-Dimer Testing

D-dimer testing is sensitive for thrombus formation, and in patients who are not high risk, this test is used to rule-out venous thromboembolism. D...
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Diagnosis of Right Ventricular Strain with Transthoracic Echocardiography

Abnormal vital signs are poor predictors of mortality associated with pulmonary embolism (PE).  Diagnosis of PE and right ventricular (RV) strain w...
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