The LITFL Review 083

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Welcome to the refined 83rd edition!

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 casts 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 to find the most fantastic EM/CC FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) around.

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beaut of the Week

Top spot is taken out by Emergency Medicine Tutorials Chris provides us with 4 great post on talks from Cliff Reid of Resus.ME fame at the recently held Essentials 2012. In the spirit of FOAM Chris was able to get permission from both Cliff and Essentials to record and provide us with the free audio of these talks on his blog. My favourite has to be Own the Resuscitation Room:

The LITFL Review Top Picks

Free Emergency Medicine Talks

Broome Docs

  • Resus a deux - Casey present a disaster resus situation, wants to know what you would do? Time to put your resus and ethics caps on. Great post that highlights the difficult situations our rural and remote docs face!
  • Casey takes the plunge into audioland with BroomeDocs Podcast 001: C-spine trauma scans CT? Clearing the neck out bush! Great start into podcasting Casey…Look forward to listening to some more.

 Pediatric EM Morsels

  • How to guide to approaching umbilical cord infections….Check out Omphalitis.
  • Lauren’s is up to her usual brilliance in challenging (Don’t) Mind The Gap aka knowledge translation, why does it take so long for us to get p-to-date with the evidence. Maybe FOAM and social media is narrowing this gap!
  • Domhnall put’s us through our paces with ECG sagas of subtlety 1. Take home point: Reciprocal ST depression often precedes or is more marked than ST elevation (especially aVL)!

EM Literature of Note


  • In the spirt of FOAM, St Elmyn’s is launching Twitter Journal Club  each Friday you can join in and be part part of the discussion, all you need is a Twitter account. Fantastic concept dudes!
  • JC Are we doing too many CTPAs? This weeks journal club topic, download and read the article then have your say!
  • Case of the Week: Neck pain at St.Emlyn’s…Brilliant in depth case from Simon. I like this take home point: Remember “Patients with short scene-ED times are still evolving their pathology – be careful!”

Emergency Medicine Ireland

EKG Videos

  • What’s the most overdiagnosed dysrhythmia? What do ‘clumps’ mean? In 10 minutes you’ll know.




  • GERD Gives Me Chest Pain - In summary, chest-pain relief with either nitroglycerine or GI cocktail does nothing to improve the diagnostic accuracy for ACS and should not be used to influence decision making. Food for thought from Seth!


  • SMART SAH: A Picture is Worth a Thousand LPs - Subarachnoid hemorrhage is the bogeyman of headache—but it is real. This month we asked what may be medicine’s most fundamental question: how can we ferret out the bogeyman without creating so much collateral damage that we’ve done more harm than good? We have an answer that is simple, surprising, and scientific. This one is a game-changer.

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine




  • The newest, and seriously cool, aspect of SMACC to emerge is the concept of the PK SMACC-talk.
  • Don’t forget to submit your team video for the Sim Wars comp! Check out the latest and greatest on ECMO cardiac arrest:

And unfortunately there will be No SMACC SimWars For Hitler:

The LITFL Review Shout Out of the Week


Shout this week is a ripper going to new blog EM REMS. This blog is for the emergency provider that has a interest in emergency radiology, Russel Jones is the spear-head beind EM REMS and provides us with weekly case base updates on trauma and non trauma cases…. Check out these recent pearla’s:

Twee Dee and Twitical Care

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News from the Fastlane

The Final Words

  • “There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating – people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”

-Oscar Wilde

LITFL Review EM/CC Educational Social Media Round Up

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Blogroll

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Podcasts — Academic Life in Emergency Medicine — Adventure Medicine—  A Life at Risk — All LA Conference — Al Sacchetti’s Youtube — Bedside Ultrasound  Better in Emergency Medicine — Broome Docs — — CLIC-EM — Critical Care Perspectives in EM — Dave on Airways —DrGDH — Dr Smith’s ECG Blog — ECG Academy — ECG Guru — ECG of the WeekED Exam — EDTCC — EKG Videos — EM Basic — EM Core Content — EMCrit — Emergency Medical Abstracts —EMERJENCYWEBB –EmergencyLondon — Emergency Medicine Cases — Emergency Medicine Education — Emergency Medicine News  Emergency Medicine Ireland — Emergency Medicine TutorialsEmergency Medicine Updates —Emergucate EM Literature of Note —  — EMpills  — Emergency Physicians Monthly — EM Lyceum — EMProcedures — EMRAP —  EMRAP: Educators’ Edition — EMRAP.TV — EM REMS — ER CAST — Free Emergency Medicine Talks — GMEP — Gmergency! —  Greater Sydney Area HEMS —  — ICU Rounds — Impactednurse — Intensive Care Network —iTeachEM - keepcaring — Keeping Up With Emergency Medicine — KeeWeeDoc — KI Docs — LipheLongLurnERdok  — MDaware — MD+ CALC  — MedEDMasters  — Medical Education Videos — Medicina d’urgenza — Medicine for the Outdoors — Micrognome — Movin’ Meat — Neurointensive Care — Pediatric EM Morsels — PEM ED — PEMLit — PHARM — Practical Evidence — Priceless Electrical Activity — Procedurettes — — Radiology Signs — Radiopaedia — — Resus.ME — RESUS Room — Richard Winters’ Physician Leadership —ruralflyingdoc — SCANCRIT — SCCM Blogs —  SCCM Podcast — SEMEP — SinaiEM — SinaiEM Ultrasound —  SMART EM    SonoSpot — StEmylns — Takeokun — thebluntdissectionThe Central Line — The Ember Project —The Emergency Medicine Resident Blog —  The NNT  — The Poison Review — The Sharp End — The Short Coat The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine  The Sono CaveThe Trauma Professional’s Blog —  — ToxTalk — TJdogma  Twin Cities Toxicology — Ultrarounds —  UMEM Educational Pearls  — Ultrasound Village

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  1. says

    New to social media. Started free podcast/blog on EM this fall. It’s call The skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine TheSGEM. New podcast weekly. Goal to cut KT window down from 10yrs to 1yr. Check it out and let me know what you think.