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This is a concept episode for a series of lectures on Emergency Dermatology (one of my favorite topics). Over the course of several episodes, we will develop an organized, systematic, visual approach to the diagnosis of all life threatening rashes as well as the majority of the other rashes you will see in the ED. 

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (Critical Diagnosis)

Subarachnoid hemorrhage is the king of life-threatening headaches and is on my differential every time. This episode will cover how to take the history, exam, testing and treatment of this devastating diagnosis.

Bloody Diapers

Babies frequently have red stuff in their diapers, and when they do, mom will rush them to the department concerned that they are having a fatal GI bleed. Usually it’s not… 

Nutrition Disorders

Most nutrition disorders are common sense, and we don’t really treat them in the ED very often. Vitamin D deficiency with it’s osteoporosis, Vitamin C with scurvy, and iron deficiency anemia. But there are several nutritional disorders that we do see frequently in the ED. They hide in the shadows of your most malnourished patients, and you can save them if you catch the disease in time. 

Complications of MI

When patient’s come in with MI or shortly after having an MI, you need to think beyond “Is this another heart attack?”. There is a whole list of complications from heart attacks that you need to remember, and that is what we’re covering this week.

The tPA Bleed

tPA bleeding isn’t the most high yield scenario for your clerkship, but it is a perfect case to review the physiology of hemostasis and also might save a life when you’re a resident or attending someday. 

Intro to tPA

tPA is currently the core treatment for ischemic stroke, and this week we will discuss some of the physiology on how this drug works as well as how to remember a VERY important list of tPA contraindications. 


In this episode we will discuss 5 major allopathic Emergency Medicine organizations in the US and the differences between them. 


There have been numerous changes recently in sepsis definitions. This is an update to our sepsis episode from last year. 

Neonatal Jaundice

Neonatal jaundice is a common complaint in pediatric emergency medicine and a very high yield topic for your test. Identify one of 3 causes of neonatal jaundice while keeping the bilirubin number low enough to avoid brain damage.

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