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The ability to differentiate between superficial causes of swelling and
a tappable joint effusion with ultrasound prevents unnecessary arthrocentesis
procedures, says Dr. Christine Butts. (https://bit.ly/2UxvYar.)
Dr. James Roberts says patients with the signs and symptoms of severe
hypertension need a review of diagnostic tests for acute target organ damage
and quick treatment with IV meds in the ED. (https://bit.ly/2Jwi6H3.)
Can determining the IVC/aorta ratio with ultrasound identify dehydration
and predict its degree in pediatric patients? Dr. Christine Butts says the
evidence just isn’t there to make it a reliable standalone indicator. (http://bit.ly/2wkawvR.)
A 42-year-old man with a family history of early coronary disease
presents with shortness of breath and an episode of syncope while lifting
weights at the gym. What does his ECG show? (http://bit.ly/EMN-Bradycardia.)
Dr. James Roberts and Ms. Martha Roberts say the Z-track method is ideal
for paracentesis because it minimizes fluid leakage from the puncture site and may
reduce pain during the injection. (http://bit.ly/EMN-ProceduralPause.)