LITFL Review 272

Welcome to the 272nd 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

The Ultrasound podcast have just released a great series on TEE for crashing patients. Here’s part 1 and part 2. [SO]



The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • Our own Anand Swaminathan and Christina Chien discuss fluid resuscitation in the ED. They discuss the nuances of fluid responsiveness and fluid tolerance. [SR]
  • CanadiEM offers an excellent review of LVAD patients and the common complications we see in the ED. [AS]
  • How do we assess patients who present with mental health issues? Rob Orman discusses his approach to assessing these patients. [AS]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care


The Best of #FOAMres Resuscitation


The Best of #FOAMus Ultrasound

  • Jacob Avila shows us how to do a full hand nerve block by anesthetizing the radial, ulnar, and median nerves. [SR]

The Best of #FOAMped Pediatrics

  • Tim Horeczko reviews supraglottic airways in pediatric patients.  They are safe, fast, & reliable. [SR]
  • DFTB turns its critical eye on some recent papers in the world of PEM with some new guest reviewers under the bubble wrap.  [CC]
  • Edward Snelson serves up a PEM morsel of confirmation bias, causation and correlation with a dollop of dogmalysis on the side for good measure. [CC]

The Best of #FOAMim Internal Medicine

  • This week’s Louisville Lectures breathes life into Sarcoidosis. [ML]


The Best of #MedEd FOAM and #FOAMsim

  • Annahieta Kalantari discusses burnout and how to overcome it by telling us her own story. [SR]
  • Easy access to senior residents and fellows with the advent of smartphones and rapid response teams may improve patient care but does it enhance or hinder training? A thought-provoking postfrom ICENet. [AS]
  • How do we create a “psychologically safe” environment in simulation? Here are some great tipsfrom the Debrief 2 Learn team. [SO]

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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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