Pearls From the Emergency Medical Literature
October 29, 2013

Here: tips from top articles culled from the emergency medical literature, with take-home lessons for primary care.

The Rapid, High-Yield Ortho Exam: A Systematic Approach
October 24, 2013

Attention to detail and a systematic approach combined with the knowledge and use of specific diagnostic exam tests will help minimize missing common orthopedic soft tissue injuries. Tips here.

Strategies for Protecting and Treating Immunosuppressed Patients
October 23, 2013

Awareness of medical conditions and drugs that can suppress the immune system or cause other complications is key to providing safe and appropriate care for immunosuppressed patients. Details here.

Parents of Overweight Children Do Not Perceive the Health Risks
October 23, 2013

Parents with overweight children did not perceive the extra weight as a health risk.

Opioid Overdose: New Demographic Data Reveal Related Comorbidities
October 22, 2013

A significant proportion of patients who visit emergency departments (EDs) with opioid overdoses (ODs) also suffer from comorbid mental health disorders, circulatory diseases, and respiratory diseases, according to the results of a new study presented on October 14, 2013, at the American College of Emergency Physicians annual meeting in Seattle.

Satisfaction: Toward Better Care for Patient and Clinician
October 21, 2013

Keeping your patients satisfied can help keep you sane-and possibly even happy. Here: strategies for enhancing clinician/patient communications.

Why You Shouldn’t Ask “What Do You Mean, Dizzy?”
October 18, 2013

Here: a fruitful approach to the evaluation of dizziness that focuses on timing, triggers, and associated symptoms, followed by a complaint-directed physical exam with special attention to specific germane aspects of the neurologic exam and (when indicated) selective testing.

Diabetes Prevalence Increasing Among Patients Who Visit the Emergency Department
October 17, 2013

A new study from Mississippi shows not only a steady increase in ED visits by patients with diabetes mellitus, but also a steady increase in the prevalence of patients with this disease.

Pediatric Tricks of the Trade: What They Didn’t Teach You in Residency
October 17, 2013

Here: strategies for making the exam more comfortable and efficient, and tips for using topical anesthetics, removing earwax, extracting a plantar foreign body, and approaching the Dx of appendicitis.

Black-Boxed Drugs We Still Use: Weigh the Risk
October 17, 2013

The “take home” from this presentation: be cautious with inappropriate use of drugs with or without black box warnings, but maintain a healthy skepticism about some of these warnings. Cases in point: droperidol, antidepressants, clindamycin.