The LITFL Review 052

This week the sensational LITFL Review turns 1 years old!!

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.

As you troll through this weeks highlights from the EM/ICU blogging world – have a listen to ZDoggMD new smash hit Big Pharma!

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beaut of the Week

Top spot this week is taken out by new Aussie Blogger Amit Maini over at ED Trauma and Critical Care. Each week Amit bust out the latest and greatest research and inovations from the literature to change you current practice. Well worth checking out his site.

The Usual Suspects

Emergency Medicine News

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine

Free Emergency Medicine Talks

The Poison Review

Dr Smith’s ECG Blog



  • More on a Diagnostic Strategy for C-Spine Injuries – Scott is back dealing with the controversy he caused in his first podcast on C-spine injuries, providing us with a review on the literature on using plain films for X-rays. Do they still have a role? – you be the judge!

Emergency Physicians Monthly.

The Rest Of The Best

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Morsles


  • This week podcast gets down and dirty looking at some ground breaking approach to mechanical ventilation. Todd has a chat with Andreas Schibler on NAVA – Is it the gold standard for synchonised ventilation?

EMpills-pill of Emergency Medicine


Emergency Ultrasound Podcast

  • Following taking out last week’s top spot on their ultrasound approach to cricothyroidotomy.  This weeks sore the lads getting some feedback from Scott “i have the sexiest podcast voice” Weingart  in  EMCrit Cric Commentary – although he doesn’t totally discredit their opinion he provides some interesting food for thought, and gives us his two cents on when it can be used and when it shouldn’t even be considered. 

Broome Docs

  • The wrap up– from last weeks ectopic case, Casey also provides some excellent link’s to pertinent topics surrounding the case.

Emergency Medicine Ireland


Emergency Medicine Literature of Note

UMEM Educational Pearls

Amal Mattu provides us this this pearl on clopidigrel and cardiogenic shock. I wonder if this also applies for Prasugrel.

  • Patients with ACS are often treated early with clopidogrel. However, if the patient with ACS appears to be developing cardiogenic shock, its probably best to withhold the early clopidogrel.
  • The literature indicates that patients with cardiogenic shock benefit most from emergent PCI, and many of these patients will need CABG. Generally it’s best to avoid clopidogrel in patients heading for CABG.
  • The use of clopidogrel in patients with cardiogenic shock can be deferred to the cardiologists in the cath lab once they decide whether the patient will need CABG or not.
  • Thiele H, Allam B, Chatellier G, et al. Shock in acute myocardial infarction: the Cape Horn for trials? Eur Heart J 2010;31:1828-1835.

The Trauma Professional’s Blog

Twin Cities Toxicology

 Twee-D and Twitcal Care

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News from the Fastlane

  • Yes thats right – this edition of the LITFL review turns 1!!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers of the review for your support, comments and feedback, to all the bloggers and podcasters for providing the content that makes this review happen, and finally to Chris and Mike for all the help, support and editing they assist me with each review each week. I’m looking forward to bringing you another years of excellent reviews from the EM/ICU blogging world.
  • Rick Abbott is back with more writing brilliance in All I Need To Do Is Write A Final Diagnosis, Right?

The Final Words

  • “You’re only as old as those you inspire.”

-Greg Henry

  • ” The most important part in saving lives in such a resuscitation are the logistics and how the team makes decisions.”

-Andy Neil

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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  1. Michelle Johnston says

    Happy birthday to the best and brightest collection and collector in the Emergency Medicine Interwebs Realm. Amazing and inimitable job, Kane.