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#FOAM Review 3rd Edition

Michael Macias

Welcome to the third edition of the #FOAM Review! The idea of the FOAM review is to give you a digestible selection of reliable content from the online EM/CC world that you can fit into your busy weekly schedule. Each review will include highlights from the highest yield blog, podcast, video and web sources around. Over a year's span we will be sure to include topics from all core EM content areas...even the ones that may not be the coolest. Look out for the #FOAM review curriculum and indexing page in the next few weeks. 


TIPS FOR PASSING A BOUGIE [VIDEO]: Advice from an expert in airway management , John McGill at HQMedEd, on troubleshooting when the bougie wont pass. 

MULTIORGAN US FOR PULMONARY EMBOLISM [VIDEOCAST]: Does your patient need a CTA? Or is there another option? Let the US learning begin at ultrasoundpodcast on the evidence behind this hot topic. 

GREATER AURICULAR NERVE BLOCK [BLOG]: A better way to obtain anesthesia of the outer rim of the ear (helix) and ear lobe for laceration repair...US guided nerve block style at Highland Emergency Ultrasound. 

HIGH VS LOW BLOOD PRESSURE TARGET IN PATIENTS WITH SEPTIC SHOCK [BLOG]: TheBottomLine reviews the SEPSISPAM trial: In patients with septic shock does a high target mean arterial pressure (MAP), compared to a low target MAP, improve mortality?

More FOAMed.

Renal & GU

URETEROLITHIASIS [INFOGRAPHIC]: Tell your patient what there chance of passing their renal stone is based on location and size at Clinicalem.  

UTI [BLOG]: Take 5 minutes to learn how to distinguish between asymptomatic bacteriuria, uncomplicated UTI, and complicated UTI in the elderly and how to treat these different presentations at ALiEM. 

Endocrine, Metabolic & Nutrition:

THYROID STORM [BLOG]: Excellent review on the up-to-date presentation and treatment of thyroid storm at emDocs. Don't forget to check a TSH in new decompensated CHF or arrhythmia! 

Infectious Disease:

SKIN & SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS [GUIDELINES]: The new IDSA guidelines are out for diagnosis and treatment of skin and soft tissue infections. Read them and impress your attending. 


TOXICOLOGY PEARLS [BLOG]: High yield synopsis of toxicology pearls from ICEM 2014 including: the approach to the poisoned patient, antidotes in overdose and the utility of decontamination at EmergencyPedia. 

See you next week.


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