Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine

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Critical Decisions Single Issue Topics


NovemberSports-Related Foot Injuries / Drug Withdrawal from Atypical Agents

OctoberStab Wounds / Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

SeptemberHeat-Related Illness / Parasitic Infections

AugustExercise-Related Hyponatremia / Ultrasonographic Assessment of Shock

JulyAlcohol Withdrawal / Elderly vs. the Elements

JuneTraveler's Diarrhea / Nutritional Deficiencies

MayExtracoporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) / Mammalian Bites

AprilProcedural Sedation in Resource-Limited Settings / Pediatric Vomiting

MarchSexual Assault in the Male Victim / Community-Acquired Pneumonia in the Elderly

FebruaryRed Eye Presentations / Pediatric Blunt Abdominal Trauma

JanuaryVaginal Bleeding in Pregnant Patients / Fibromyalgia and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome


DecemberGeriatric Trauma / Febrile Seizures

NovemberAltered Mental Status in the Elderly / Non-Narcotic Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

OctoberAltered Mental Status in the Elderly / Non-Narcotic Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

SeptemberPediatric Growth Plate Fractures / Valvular Emergencies

AugustThe Evaluation and Management of Syncope / The Evaluation and Management of the Swollen Joint

JulyVesiculobullous Rashes / Bronchiolitis

JunePainless Monocular Vision Loss / Acetaminophen Toxicity

MayTraumatic Brain Injury - Concussion / Pediatric Pain Assessment and Management

AprilUltrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia / Second-Generation Antipsychotics

MarchThrombocytopenia / Video Laryngoscopy

FebruarySynthetic Drugs of Abuse / Personal Protective Equipment

JanuaryTick-Borne Illness / Pediatric Congenital Heart Disorders


DecemberApproach to Abdominal Pain / Pediatric Fever and Serious Bacterial Illness

NovemberLiver Disease / Hyponatremia

OctoberEvaluation and Management of Implanted Cardiac Devices / Novel Antidotes for Medication Overdose: Glucagon, Intravenous Lipid Emulsion, and High-Dose Insulin

SeptemberPulmonary Embolism / Evidence-Based Fluid Resuscitation in Critical Illness

AugustImaging in Pediatric Abdominal Pain / Procedural Sedation and Analgesia

JulyIdentifying Child Abuse / Endocarditis - The Great Masquerader

JuneBreast Cancer Complications / Traumatic Cardiopulmonary Arrest

MayBlast Injuries / Pediatric Mass Casualty Events: Toxic Exposures

AprilWebsites and Apps for Emergency Physicians / Acute Headache and Suspected Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

MarchHand Injuries / Undifferentiated Shock

FebruaryDifferentiation, Evaluation, and Management of Ataxia / Noninvasive Ventilation

JanuaryDental Emergencies / Common Neonatal Emergencies


DecemberDisaster Preparedness for the Pediatric Population / Service Excellence in the Emergency Department

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