A brief update

I can’t believe it. First10EM has made it to six months of existence.

First of all, I really want to thank all of my followers. Interacting with so many interested people from around the world really makes this project worthwhile. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts. Thank you even more to the many folks who have provided me with feedback and suggestions to improve. I am always trying to make this site better. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The main reason I am posting today is to let you know that I am taking a late summer vacation, so there will be a brief lull in content. What can you do if you miss me during my absence? If you happen to be in Munich for Oktoberfest, you might be able to find me for a beer. Otherwise, there are so many new readers who may not have discovered some of the earlier posts, I thought I would recommend two of my favorite older posts to review:

A brief review of the lateral canthotomy

An approach to massive hemoptysis

Another project I am involved with is Journal Jam on Emergency Medicine Cases. I will be interviewing the lead authors of interesting emergency medicine papers so that you can hear about the nuances of medical research directly from those who perform it. If you haven’t heard it already, check out my interview with Francesca Beaudoin about the use of low dose ketamine for analgesia. My next interview will be with Tobias Reichlin, who is the lead author of this CMAJ paper on a 1 hour ACS rule in/ rule out protocol. If you have any questions you will like to hear answered about this paper, let me know and I will try to make sure they are asked. Also, I am always open to suggestions for great emergency medicine papers we should include in this series in the future.

That is all for now. Starting next week, hopefully posted glitch-free in my absence, will be a four part series on cognitive errors in medicine. I will briefly review the current dominant theory in cognitive science, our major cognitive biases, some possible solutions, and then a few of the problems with overzealously extrapolating current cognitive theory to medical practice. I hope you enjoy.