Best Emergency Medicine literature 2018/19

Best Emergency Medicine literature of the year 2018/2019 with Ken Milne

Ken Milne the author of the sceptics guide to emergency medicine SGEM, reviews the hottest critical care literature for 2018 / 2019. Ken reviews articles from the Lomaghi trial on magnesium for rate control in Atrial fibrillation; Expulsive therapy for renal calculi with Tamulosin; Oxygen therapy in critical illness in the Iota trial; and finally aromatherapy for nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Ken Milne is the Chief of Staff at South Huron Hospital Association in Exeter, Ontario, Canada. He has been doing research for over 30 years publishing on a variety of topics. He is passionate about skepticism and critical thinking. He is the creator of the knowledge translation project, The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine. Yes, Ken is married to Barb and they have three amazing children.

The Podcast

  1. Bouida et al. LOw dose MAGnesium sulfate versus HIgh dose in the early management of rapid atrial fibrillation: randomised controlled double-blind study. AEM February 2019. [SGEM 244]
  2. Meltzer A. et al. Effect of Tamsulosin on Passage of Symptomatic Ureteral Stones: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Internal Med, 2018. [SGEM 230]
  3. Aycock, Westafer et al. Acute Kidney Injury After Computed Tomography: A Meta-analysis. Ann Emerg Med 2018 and Weisbord SD, Gallagher M, Jneid H, et al; PRESERVE Trial Group. Outcomes after Angiography with Sodium Bicarbonate and Acetylcysteine. NEJM 2018 [SGEM 234]
  4. Stiell et al. A Multicenter Program to Implement the Canadian C-Spine Rule by Emergency Department Triage Nurses. Annals of EM Oct 2018 [SGEM 232]
  5. April MD, et al. Aromatherapy Versus Oral Ondansetron for Antiemetic Therapy Among Adult Emergency Department Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Emerg Med 2018 [SGEM 221]

The Slides


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  1. Thanks SMACC for giving me an opportunity to cut the knowledge translation window down from over 10 years to less than 1 year.

  2. Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard me say it at SMACC.

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