Traumatic Pain Management… July 25, 2012

Posted by Andy Jagoda, MD in: Drugs & Emergency Procedures, General Emergency Medicine, Trauma , 5 comments

A 35-year-old female who was the restrained driver in a front-impact motor vehicle collision arrives. Her airbag deployed, and there was significant damage to her car. The paramedics report tachycardia to 120 beats/minute; her other vital signs are normal. Your examination reveals a young woman in pain, with a patent airway, equal breath sounds, strong distal pulses, and tenderness to palpation in her abdomen. She has a band-like ecchymosis across her chest wall and abdomen, consistent with placement of a seat belt. She is neurologically intact and is able to report that she did not hit her head or lose consciousness. She has no other tenderness or deformities. After reporting a normal fingerstick glucose and negative pregnancy test, the nurse asks you if you would like to order something for pain; the answer is yes, but you consider the risk of lowering her blood pressure or changing her exam findings, and you wonder what the safest strategy might be.

What do you do?

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“Treating Stroke…” Case Conclusion July 5, 2012

Posted by Andy Jagoda, MD in: Neurologic , add a comment

You recognized the severity of the patient’s acute ischemic stroke and responded quickly. With the knowledge of ECASS III data on extending the rt-PA window to 4.5 hours, you immediately consulted with your stroke neurologist. You treated the patient with IV rt-PA and admitted him to your stroke unit, where he had a meaningful neurological recovery.

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