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The use of tranexamic acid (TXA) has expanded with growing evidence in its use for a variety of clinical situations. However, not all evidence is created equal and not all applications show benefit. In this blog and podcast we discuss the various uses of TXA and the surrounding evidence.
 
For decades, there has been a major name debate regarding the appropriate title for PAs. However, on May 24, 2021 the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) House of Delegates (HOD) came to a vote. Over 100 possible titles were considered, but ultimately the winning vote was for "physician associate" which has led to a significant amount of discussion. Wha…
 
There are countless guides and references that can be used in emergency medicine. However, some books prove to be better resources than others and it is vital to identify them. In this post, we review one of the books you should seriously consider having if you work in emergency medicine.
 
Last year, the American Heart Association (AHA) provided updates to their basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) programs. Mike Sharma is helping again by reviewing some of the key updates and changes to guidelines. We also provide some additional feedback and information to consid…
 
Recently there was commentary in a forum that suggested the Pulmonary Embolism Rule-Out Criteria (PERC Rule) was essentially useless for detecting a pulmonary embolism (PE). It started with an anecdote, which is a logical fallacy (post hoc ergo propter hoc) and went wild from there. This led to the realization that many still do not understand how …
 
Injuries to the spine can occur both in blunt and penetrating trauma. They can also be with or without neurological deficits. For this reason, they should be considered in all patients with multiple injuries. In this podcast, Chip Lange and Mike Sharma review the pearls and pitfalls of this disease process.…
 
We are able to provide a sneak peak at some updated content with Practical POCUS. Over the last few months, Practical POCUS has been working to improve its content with the plan to help further promote point of care ultrasound (POCUS) to a broader audience. One audience in particular is with EMS. This 10 minute video is an excerpt from the updated …
 
A little while back, we asked for help on getting out more content. David Wright and Kate Randolph answered that call and provided a special podcast on osteogenesis imperfecta. We hope you enjoy this unique podcast and encourage you to reach out if you want to contribute, as well.
 
Neonatal sepsis can be subtle, especially early on. It can rapidly progress to multisystem organ failure, meningitis, and death. Given the real dangers of neonatal sepsis, we will focus on 10 key points to remember when evaluating for this lurking terror.
 
Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) was just discussed in our last podcast on head injuries. However, we briefly mentioned how there is a certain amount of controversy on this subject. This separate podcast is to act as a supplement to the Chapter 6 ATLS podcast on head trauma that was just covered. We find this particularly important given how lo…
 
Access to care is a complex issue for aging Americans in rural areas. Cooper and Nicole welcome Dr. Robyn Stone, Senior Vice President of Research at LeadingAge and co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMass Boston. Together they discuss why this has been such a challenging problem to solve. You can learn more about Dr. Stone's work here: h…
 
We received quite a bit of feedback with the last podcast and requests to discuss specifically the variants and their potential impacts on the current COVID-19 vaccines. It is worth noting that at the time of this publication there is still limited data but we discuss the key concepts and takeaways with the current knowledge we have on the topic.…
 
There have already been many podcasts discussing COVID-19 vaccines, so what makes this one different and worth listening to now? This podcast is more about some of the key highlights and frequent questions asked to help listeners get the right resources and information.
 
We are back at it again with our newest ATLS podcast. This time we are focusing on the abdomen and pelvis which can be host to a wide range of severe pathology. Given its many intricacies, we focused most on the highlights from ATLS Chapter 5 including the key "red text" that it emphasizes.
 
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidelines for treating gonococcal infections. Given the increase in antibiotic resistance, this provides an important change in the recommended management for not only gonorrhea but also chlamydia.
 
We are finally back with another ATLS podcast. Mike Sharma and Chip Lange together discuss the complex but important subject of thoracic trauma. They break it down this time by addressing key aspects that come up during the primary and secondary assessments. This topic also broaches how to manage the traumatic circulatory arrest patient without a p…
 
We have mentioned in previous podcasts that if you have questions or special requests to send them our way. Another one of our listeners did just this after listening to part of our ATLS series. This has been a very popular series and we are so glad you enjoy it so much. The discussions that have been built off of this as a result has led to even m…
 
With the recent release of the Butterfly iQ+, we wanted to provide everyone with comparison images and review some of the changes the new device and the original Butterfly iQ. We will continue to work on comparing images and review cases with the new Butterfly iQ+ with Practical POCUS.
 
For the first time ever, we delayed our normal podcast release to coincide with a very special reveal by Butterfly Network: the new and improved version of their device called the Butterfly iQ+. Practical POCUS was able to get their hands on the brand new device so that you can see what it looks like. There are videos to help compare the two device…
 
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