The LITFL Review 050

This week the LITFL Review turns 50!!

The LITFL Review is your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peaks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team will cast the spotlight on the best and brightest from the blogosphere, the podcast video/audiosphere and the rest of the Web 2.0 social media jungle.

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beaut of the Week

Emergency in the Shed

  • Top spot this week heads over to Queensland and is taken out by David Corkhill from Emergency in the Shed. David  teams up with Aussie ED doc Jeff Hooper to have a chat about Avoiding the Pitfalls of Trauma Part 1 — they highlight the top 10 common mistakes that they see repeatedly missed in trauma patients, and provide some nice pearls on managing the trauma patient.

The Usual Suspects

Free Emergency Medicine Talks

The Poison Review


Academic Life of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Physicians Monthly

Dr Smith’s ECG Blog


The Rest Of The Best

Emergency Medicine Ireland

PEM+ED Podcast

ED Trauma and Critical Care

  • Another Review on Ketamine Use in ED — the most unappreciated drug in emergency medicine shines brightly in another excellent review of the literature.
  • Did Hell Just Freeze Over? — It looks like orthopods are stronger and smarter than anaesthetist — it’s true then that “long term propofol use leads to muscular atrophy and now long term cognitive impairment.”
  • Amit shares some of his experience on EMRAP regarding Aussie EM Training vs US EM Training — You American docs have got it easy… 😉

Emergency Medicine Education

Emergency Medicine Literature of Note

UMEM Educational Pearls

This week’s pearl is by Rose Chasm on Pyloric Stenosis:

  • Causes gastric outlet obstruction and vomiting.
  • 1 in every 500 infants; with a 4:1 male-to-female ratio and a family history in another sibling.
  • Symptoms begin 2-4 weeks after birth, with projectile NON-bilious vomiting.
  • Firm, mobile, nontender, olive-shaped mass in right hypochondrium or epigastric area.
  • Diagnosis confirmed with US or upper GI series.
  • Treatment is a pyloromyotomy, but fluid and electrolyte replacement is vital in ED.

Pediatric EM Morsels

  • Pierre Robin Sequence — one of the most difficult airway situations an emergency doc can come across — guaranteed sphincter tightening!!!

The Trauma Professional’s Blog

EM dose

Twin Cities Toxicology


Twee-D and Twitcal Care

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News from the Fastlane

  • The LITFL team would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas, and wish you all the best for 2012. We look forward to providing you more online educational goodness next year, and we love you all.

The Final Words

  • “There was never a genius without a tincture of madness”

 — Aristotle

  •  “Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

— Winston Churchill

That’s it for now…

Hopefully this roundup of the world of electronic emergency medicine and critical care education for everyone helps you to deal with anyone, anything, anywhere at anytime for at least another week! If you’d like to suggest something for inclusion in the next edition of The LITFL Review, email our roving reporter:  kane AT

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