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Stats, CRP and Sick Kids

So I have been having a particularly nerdy week. After the recent review of the point-of-care CRP paper I got to thinking.  We all seem to have an opinion about CRP based on what we think we know – but I think most of us have a pretty shady understanding of the true diagnostic characteristics […]

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Lessons Hard Learned: Dr Anand Swaminathan

Welcome back. Another week and another Lesson from one of FOAMed’s finest minds.  Dr Anand Swaminathan is a leader of ED education and has been instrumental in bringing a lot of excellent resources to us over the years.  I was very privileged to be able to invite him on the podcast to share a case […]

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Clinical Case 133: POCUS Perils [and the Debiasing Dance]

I am a mad point-of-care ultrasound [POCUS] fan.  I scan pretty much every patient that I can.  I do this to sharpen my diagnostic skills, practice and to explore new utilities of the humble ultrasound.  However, as my POCUS practice has matured and I have made countless errors; I am learning very slowly to do […]

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Clinical Case 131: the Latent Lover’s Headache

Hi there.  Just back from a great break in beautiful Vanuatu.  Seriously amazing place to visit and explore.  The beauty: death ratio is in balance! I have a case for you today which has come up a few times recently.  It is certainly something that does occur in the ED, but most GPs deal with […]

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Any Place for Race on the Coalface?

Last month (Feb 25th 2016) the New England Journal of Medicine published this editorial “Perspective” titled: “Dealing with Racist Patients.” In the article the authors – Drs Kimani,  Alexander K. Smith, Bernard Lo  and Alicia Fernández present this case vignette: A 77-year-old white man with heart failure arrives in the emergency department of an urban hospital […]