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LITFL Review 214

Welcome to the 214th 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

Should we be doing ultrasound-assisted catheter directed therapy (CDT) in submassive PE? Josh Farkas reviews the evidence and physiological explanation against the utility of this modality. [AS]



The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • Two excellent reviews this week of the workup of patients with suspected SAH, including a non-contrast head (NCH) CT within 6 hours and an LP following a  negative NCHCT. From REBEL EM and St. Emlyn’s. [AS]
  • FOAMCast has a great wrap-up of the year with their best pearls and biggest trends for 2015. [MG]
  • Sometimes what you think is a slam dunk STEMI isn’t. Check out this case from Dr Smith. [MG]
  • PHEMCAST have a great episode on prehospital chemical incidents and some superb advice on how to manage these difficult situations. [SL]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care


The Best of #FOAMtox Toxicology

  • Bryan Hayes lays the smaccdown on some myths and misconceptions in Tox Dogmalysis. [JS]

The Best of #FOAMus Ultrasound


The Best of #FOAMped Pediatrics


The Best of #FOANed Nursing


The Best of #FOAMim Internal Medicine

  • For more than a year now, The University of Louisville has made its medical grand rounds viewable on its web site as FOAMed! They have begun posting these valuable videos again, and the first of their 2016 entries is Part 1 of Non-malignant pleural effusions. [ML]

The Best of #MedEd FOAM and #FOAMsim

  • Essentials of EM shares the incomparable Vic Brazil’s keynote on “The Power of Words” from Essentials of EM 2015. [AS]
  • Incredible editorial featured on the FemInEM blog on how women should think about getting involved in speaking. [AS]

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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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