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...

Tiny Tips: Seizures and...

Seizure is a common presenting complaint in the Emergency Department.  According to one study seizure related presentations amount to about 1% of all ED visits. In that same study, status epilepticus accounted for around 6% of those patients presenting with seizures  And that was in...

Tiny Tips: The CATCH Ru...

Yesterday CJEM tweeted out one of their latest article to become open-access: Review of the CATCH study: a clinical decision rule for the use of computed tomography in children with minor head injury. While I understand that they are not able to make all of their articles open-access due...

Tiny Tips: PERC Rule

The “Tiny Tips” series aims to provide helpful memory aids for remembering difficult to recall exam material for emergency medicine. You can get all of them compiled in an easy-to-review way by downloading the Tiny Tips deck of Boring Cards. This post outlines a mnemonic to...