LITFL Review 354

Welcome to the 354th 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 Medical Malpractice Insights series at EMDocs.net gives important perspective on cases with bad outcomes in the ED. Your gut tells you the doctor in this case is not responsible, but can you articulate why? [RP] 


The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • One of the challenges with studying ECG changes is finding good cases with serial ECGs. This week, Dr. Smith features a prehospital case of 10 ECGs showing thrombus progression. [MG]
  • What’s Old is New Again. Should we be giving whole blood to patients with traumatic hemorrhage? Zaf Qasim and the St. Emlyn’s crew review the literature. [AS]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care and #FOAMres Resuscitation


The Best of #FOAMus Ultrasound


The Best of #FOAMpeds Pediatrics

  • When “flu-like illness” isn’t the flu—consider carbon monoxide poisoning in your differential this winter! CO diagnosis and management is covered at Pediatric EM Pearls. [RP]
  • What to do when your week-old patient is yellow? Great review of neonatal jaundice by the team at Don’t Forget the Bubbles. [RP]

The Best of #FOAMim Internal Medicine


The Best of #MedEd FOAM and #FOAMsim

  • Do words matter? I think we all agree that they do and Nat May tells us why the word sexy doesn’t belong in medicine. [AS]
  • Everyone talks about cognitive load, but do you know the theory behind it?  Nick Harvey Smith takes a complex topic and breaks it down into a simple formula involving cognitive capacity, intrinsic load, extraneous load, and germane load. [SR]
  • Check out Volume 2 of the ALIEM Educational Theory Made Practical eBook complementing Volume 1. Great resource for educators at all level! [MMS]
  • Simon Carley discusses learning in the Social Age, and concludes that we probably need to do things a little differently. [SO]

News from the Fast Lane

  • We frequently discuss ways to optimize learning but what about “unlearning.” Our own Chris Nickson dives into the science behind this challenging concept.
  • The ECG library has been re-written and re-formatted
  • The Eponymictionary database reaches 200

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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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