Peds O- Oxygen, Airway, and Respiratory Disorders

OH SHIT (grab the Broselow) is the mnemonic I use to help me think through my approach to the sick child. This week we are covering oxygenation, airway and respiratory disorders.

OH SHIT (Grab the Broselow)

This is the introduction episode for our upcoming series on the approach to a sick child.

Bleeding Disorders

As another special holiday treat we will be talking about the Big 3 hemostatic disorders that make people bleed too easily and how to fix them.

The 12 Most Common Lawsuit Diagnoses

I just stumbled on a study by The Doctors Company, a big malpractice insurer, looking at 332 closed claims against ED physicians. MOST of these cases were from missed or delayed diagnosis, and statistically, it was TWELVE diagnoses that made up the majority of these.

So, in the musical spirit of Christmas,  my gift to you is the most high yield, medicolegal, differential diagnosis that exists In the world…

Happy Holidays!


The Doctors Company. Emergency Medicine Closed Claims Study. April 2015. Accessed December 22, 2017

*Music Licensed by AudioJungle


Have a great week. No episode. We’re working on updating the show notes.

Delivering Babies

Performing an emergency delivery is very intimidating. The good news is that in most scenarios, as long as you don’t drop the baby, it should go very naturally. However, there are exceptions to this which we will cover today.


EM physicians are the masters of EKG interpretation. We will cover an organized EKG interpretation system today with an emphasis on identifying life threats, and this will act as the foundation for your EKG interpretation skills for the rest of your career.

Pediatric Exam

Sick. Not sick. This week we will discuss the fundamental pediatric exam that you need to remember regardless of how the patient looks.

Pediatrics 101

Really sick kids and babies are some of the scariest and most difficult cases we get in Emergency Medicine. This week we’re going to start with the general approach to the less-sick pediatric patient. We will use this as the groundwork for future episodes.

Travel Emergencies

One of the topics that we typically DONT study much in Emergency Medicine is tropical medicine, and specifically fever in returning travelers. The reason this is important, is because MALARIA is a huge life threat in this patient population that can be easily missed. It is very important to ask about recent travel and then go through a simple approach when they say “yes”.

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