Tiny Tip: C BIG K DROP ...

Editors Note: As you know, BoringEM has never shied away from controversy. In this Tiny Tip, we present to you a mnemonic for the management of hyperkalemia with ECG changes – wrought with several interesting suggestions with which MANY will avidly jump to post-publication peer...

Boring Question: Does t...

The Clinical Case A 70-year-old female presents to the emergency department with new palpitations and 2 syncopal episodes, witnessed by her son. These episodes have started within the past 10 days. Her past medical history includes diabetes, hypertension, depression, dyslipidemia and...

Tiny Tip: PREeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a common complication in pregnancy, affecting 3-5% of pregnant women in the general population, and up to 25% of pregnant patients with pre-existing chronic hypertension [1]. It’s common enough that you’re likely to see it in the emergency department if you are rotating...

Tiny Tip: HELLP Syndrom...

If you train in a tertiary care center with obstetrical triage, you may not assess many pregnant women beyond the first trimester of pregnancy. However, in community emergency departments without a primary obstetrics triage department, you will often encounter pregnancy-induced...

Tiny Tips: Non-Cardioge...

When you see a pulmonary edema on chest x-ray (CXR), the knee jerk reaction is to attribute it to heart failure.  But what might you be missing? Not all the glitters is gold. And not all that is wet on CXR is just plain ol’ CHF. Non-Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema (NCPE) is better...

Tiny Tips: The Ottawa S...

This month’s ALiEM Journal Club discussed Perry et al’s 2013 paper Clinical Decision Rules to Rule Out Subarachnoid Hemorrhage for Acute Headache. If you haven’t already, check out the awesome collaborative vodcast featuring ALiEM Editors, Annals of EM Editors and the...

Counterpoint: Chunking ...

By Teresa Chan, MD    |    Peer-reviewed by Brent Thoma, MD Lately, I’ve been pondering about the role of mnemonics. Join me as I wax philosophical and dig into the education theory behind why we’re tempted by these tiny packages of information.   Why am I thinking about...

Tiny Tips: Approach to ...

The December edition of EM:RAP had a great segment with Haney Mallemat and Stuart Swadron that went over five “Critical Care Quickies.” One of them presented an approach to an alarming ventilator that really caught my eye. The classic mnemonic that I was taught for this...