Category: MSK/Trauma

Back Pain

Similar to patients with a headache, patients with back pain typically require very little testing. Rather, these encounters are focused entirely around a search for red flags. I LOVE these types of cases. These cases are straightforward, and you have the potential to sound REALLY smart in front of your attending if you remember the life threats and red flags during your presentation.

Trauma

Trauma is easily the most interesting topic in all of emergency medicine. We might not see it quite as much as chest pain and abdominal pain, but trauma is certainly one of the top 10 things you will see most commonly on your clerkship. Today I am going to give you an overview of a course called ATLS- Advanced Trauma Life Support. It is the national standard of care for treating trauma. It’s very easy to understand, just remember your A-B-C-D-Es (Primary Survey) and don’t forget to do a thorough Secondary Survey.