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#FOAMed Review 51st Edition

Michael Macias

Welcome to the fifty-first edition of the #FOAMed Review! The idea of the FOAMed 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. Check out our indexing section #FOAMED REVIEW which allows you to view previous weekly reviews by edition or by selecting from CORD curriculum categories.

Onto the FOAMed

THE TRAUMA AIRWAY [BLOG]: Excellent discussion of optimizing your trauma airway assessment and management, based on the EAST guidelines and relevant literature, here at EM Docs. 


ULTRASOUND FOR LATE PREGNANCY [PODCAST]: While not a routine exam we perform other than confirming fetal heart tones, definitely some great pearls on more advanced US topic. Part 1 here

US GUIDED ULNAR NERVE BLOCK [BLOG]: Boxer's fracture need a reduction? Consider an ultrasound guided ulnar nerve block. Check out the case here and be sure to watch the video tutorial from 5minsono


  • Safety and efficacy of antihypertensive prescription at emergency department discharge PMID25904073
  • Outcomes Of Patients Resuscitated From Cardiac Arrest in the Setting of Drug Overdose PMID26126505

  • Over treatment of gonorrhea and chlamydial infections in 2 inner-city emergency departments PMID26119905

  • Periprosthetic joint infection PMID26135702

  • Thromboembolic Events After Vitamin K Antagonist Reversal With 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate: Exploratory Analyses of Two Randomized, Plasma-Controlled Studies PMID26094105

DIY FINGER TRAPS: [BLOG]: If you find yourself finger-trapless with a distal radius fracture in your ED, remember this blog post to assist you with a make shift solution. 

More FOAMed 


CORE EM PODCAST EPISODE 3 [PODCAST]: Swami sits down to run over some high yield EM topics in the arena of infectious disease, from antibiotic choice in HCAP, to new paradigms in soft tissues infectious. With a bonus brief on disaster management. Enjoy here


CASE OF A 59 Y/O M APPEARING UNWELL [BLOG]: You must learn to recognize these ecg patterns, and have a practical ecg reading algorithm. Read the case here and then the conclusion once you have it all figured out. 

BENIGN EARLY REPOLARIZATION [BLOG]: Have a quick skill brush-up on this common ECG finding that could be looking quite concerning if you are not familiar with it.


UNDERSTANDING LACTATE IN SEPSIS [BLOG]: Raise your hand if you think elevated lactic acid in sepsis is from anaerobic metabolism? Well, this may not be completely true. Very relevant and timely to the recent SMACC CHICAGO  smaccdown on this myth, Josh Farkas discusses what lactate really means and how we can better use this marker in our management of these patients. Read on here


See you next week