Category: Gastroenterology

GI Bleed

One of the most dangerous complaints in all of Emergency Medicine is the GI Bleed. Especially upper GI bleeds when patients are complaining of coffee ground emesis or black sticky poop. This week we will discuss the overall approach to anybody who comes in with a GI bleed.

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Ziebell CM, Kitlowski A, Welch JM, Friesen PA. Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. In: Tintinalli JE, Stapczynski J, Ma O, Yealy DM, Meckler GD, Cline DM. eds. Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 8e New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2016.

Lo BM. Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding. In: Tintinalli JE, Stapczynski J, Ma O, Yealy Yealy DM, Meckler GD, Cline DM. eds. Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 8e New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2016. http://accessemergencymedicine.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=1658&sectionid=109430249. Accessed July 13, 2017.

 

Constipation

This week we are going to cover a basic approach to the constipated patient with a focus on the possible treatments for constipation.

Abdominal Pain

The most common chief complaint in Emergency Medicine is abdominal pain. Most students already have an understanding of the basic approach to this problem. We know to ask about fevers, palpate the abdomen, and give something for nausea. In this episode we will be discussing an additional 5 steps that tend to be overlooked with this chief complaint as well as some can’t miss items on your differential diagnosis.