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LITFL Review 143

Welcome to the 143rd LITFL Review! Your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the blogosphere’s best and brightest, and deliver a bite-sized chunk of Global FOAM.

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week

Ripper this week is smashed out by Amal Mattu as he reminds us why amiodarone is dangerous in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation with WPW. Avoid drugs (except procedural sedation agents) and proceed to cardioversion instead. [AS]


The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • What is an appropriate gold standard? Can we use an age-adjusted d-Dimer to risk stratify PE? Does our decreased tolerance for missed PE and low incidence of disease in studies affect the utility of our tests? All of these questions addressed by Rory Spiegel in “The Adventure of the Golden Standard.” [AS]
  • More costs and no benefits. Not a great slogan but the clear truth about endovascular therapy in acute ischemic stroke by Ryan Radecki. [AS]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care


The Best of #FOAMtox Toxicology


The Best of #FOAMped Pediatrics

  • Andy Neil gives a great review of pediatric HSV with lots of high-yield pearls including tips regarding herpes encephalitis. [AS]

The Best of #MedEd FOAM and #FOAMsim

  • The SMACC Chicago EVO Competition has been opened – get your team of educators together to make videos about how equipment works and how to use it. Each month a free ticket to SMACC Chicago is up for grabs – but more importantly this project should create some great FOAM content which everyone can benefit from. [CN]

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Marjorie Lazoff, MD FACP. Board certified internist with clinical background in academic emergency medicine, currently the founder of The Healing Red Pen, an editorial consulting company. Dr Lazoff is a full-time editor and strong supporter of FOAMed.

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