The LITFL Review 099

Welcome to the post-SMACC 98th 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


There’s lots of debate and discussion about what FOAMed is and offers, and is it all about airway management, going around the Twitter lately? This weeks top spot goes to what i think is one of the best FOAMed blogs going around. Each week Chris over at thebluntdissection continues to bust out simple, easy to read cases that are packed full of pearls and pitfalls, controversies and conflicts to challenge and change the way we practice, and improve the outcomes for our patients. Check out these last two latest post from Chris if you don’t believe this is FOAM gold:

  • no place like home…. an insightful look at managing a critically ill patient in an environment he’s not use to, and highlights the challenges and lessons he learn’t from this.
  • All you need to know about pacemaker dysfunction all wrapped up in a nice easy to read post check out…off the pace…

The LITFL Review Top Picks

Broome Docs

  • Casey tries something different with Lessons Hard Learned: Dr Tor Ercleve – Great first up case by Tor (he who designed the UCEM logo!), as he shares his experience and lessons learnt when he was a young junior doctor, trying to make a one in a million diagnosis.
  • Put your tox hats on and step up to the challenge in 5 Quick Tox Cases.


Pediatric EM Morsels

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine


  • Bath Salts and Synthetic Marijuana – Leon Gussow from TPR teams up with Rob O to tell us the latest on managing bath salts and synthetic canabinoids – worth a listen!


The Sono Cave

  • Vascular Access Training Phantom – James shows us how all you need is a balloon, some dye, and a chicken breast and you’ve got yourself one sophisticated vascular training device.



Intensive Care Network

  • What is the optimal target temperature following out of hospital cardiac arrest? Find out in NIELSEN on Therapeutic Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest.
  • Hot Case #13 – To bust or not to bust? – In a case of submassive PE!

The Poison Review

Injectable Orange


  • Making a referral with Iain Beardsell – Not as easy as we think it is, great informative post for our juniors to learn the art of this tricky process we do daily in emergency medicine!


  • The Thunderbox Papers: Basic Drug Calculations – Not the most harding hitting FOAM around this week, but something we all should know or use to educate our juniors.

Resus Review


KI Docs

The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine

  • Bad to the Bone – When the diabetic patient has an ulcer, this podcast looks at when it is osteomyelitis and when its not!

EM Basic

Emergency Medicine Ireland

  • Full Capacity Protocols – This actually works… I’ve seen that when there no beds and you start sending patients to wait in ward corridors, beds somehow appear!

The Emergency Medicine Resident Blog


  • Ondansetron Is Safe In Pregnancy – Large study showing no adverse fetal outcome – that’s reassuring!
  • Early Repolarization Increases Risk of Arrhythmia Death – So its not as benign as we think it is!

Dr Smith’s ECG Blog

EKG Videos

The LITFL Review Shout Out of the Week


Finally the LITFL Review has some competition… That’s right! But it only covers the Canadian FOAMed. Brent is now doing a weekly review off all the Canadian FOAM over at boringem, Check out the first two issues!

The GMEP Cases of the week

GMEP Video of the week:

The Sono Cave wins the GMEP video of the week spot – with a look at Echocardiography in cardiac arrest – shock him!

GMEP Image of the week:

Its a nasty neck laceration, kindly submitted by Dan Crompton

Twee Dee and Twitical Care

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News from the Fastlane

The Final Words

  • crackophrenia (noun): “the state or condition of being crazy from smoking crack cocaine.”

-Seth Truger

LITFL Review EM/CC Educational Social Media Round Up

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Blogroll

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Podcasts

123Sonography.comAcademic Life in Emergency MedicineAdventure MedicineA Life at Risk — All LA Conference — Al Sacchetti’s YoutubeBedside Ultrasound Better in Emergency Medicine boringemBroome DocsCCM-L.orgCLIC-EMCritical Care Perspectives in EMDave on AirwaysDrGDHDr Smith’s ECG BlogECG AcademyECG Guru ECG of the WeekED Exam —ED-Nurse— EDTCCEKG VideosEM BasicEM Core ContentEMCrit EM CapeTownEMDutchEmergency Medical AbstractsEMERJENCYWEBBEmergencyLondon Emergency Medicine CasesEmergency Medicine EducationEmergency Medicine News Emergency Medicine IrelandEmergency Medicine TutorialsEmergency Medicine UpdatesEmergucate emimdoc — EM Literature of Noteempem.orgEMpillsEmergency Physicians MonthlyEM LyceumEMProceduresEMRAPEMRAP: Educators’ EditionEMRAP.TVEM REMS ER CASTEXPENSIVECAREFree Emergency Medicine Talks — GMEP — Gmergency!Got ResuscitationGreater Sydney Area HEMSHQmeded.comICU RoundsImpactednurseInjectable Orange Intensive Care NetworkiTeachEMIVLine keepcaring Keeping Up With Emergency Medicine — KeeWeeDoc KI Docs LipheLongLurnERdokMDawareMD+ CALC — MedEDMasters — Medical Education VideosMedicina d’urgenzaMedicine for the OutdoorsMicrognomeMovin’ MeatNeurointensive CarePediatric EM MorselsPEM EDPEMLit PEMTweets Blog PHARMPractical Evidence Priceless Electrical ActivityProcedurettesPulmCCM.orgRadiology ReviewRESUS RoomResus Room ManagementRichard Winters’ Physician LeadershipruralflyingdocSCANCRITSCCM Blogs — SCCM Podcast — SEMEPSinaiEMSinaiEM UltrasoundSMART EM SOCMOB SonoSpotStEmylnsTakeokunthebluntdissectionThe Central LineThe Ember ProjectThe Emergency Medicine Resident Blog The NNTThe Poison ReviewThe Sharp End The Short Coat The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine The Sono CaveThe Trauma Professional’s ToxTalkTJdogma Twin Cities ToxicologyUltraroundsUMEM Educational PearlsUltrasound PodcastUltrasound Village

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  1. […] The LITFL Review 099: My mate Kane, an ED nurse working in Western Australia provides his own weekly summary of the best posts from the critical care noosphere. A weekly check of Kane’s recommendations is a must do for any nurse working in ICU or ED who wants to keep up with the latest educational pearls. […]

  2. nurses of the noosphere….

    **noosphere:** (NOH-uh-sfeer) The sum of human knowledge, thought, and culture. From the Greek noos (mind) + sphere. This will be a quasi-weekly summary of contributions to the nursing noosphere that have caught my eye recently. Entertaining, education…