This week's crop of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors. This week: Palliative care principles in the ED. Plus, a Canadian Children's hosptial will rate visits to educate parents on the definition of "emergency."
Why are we still engaging in unnecessary treatments that have no evidence to back them up?
While much focus is put on intubation in the ED, post-intubation ventilator management is arguably just as critical to the patient’s ultimate outcome
How to recognize and appropriately manage a dangerous snakebite
During a large-volume sepsis resuscitation, your choice of fluids – specially which crystalloid solution – could mean the difference between life, death and dialysis
...and six other ways to communicate clearly and compassionately when the end is near
10 reasons why emergency medicine shouldn’t be payment reform's scapegoat
From club drug to horse tranquilizer to adverse events, ketamine has had a notorious (occasionally mythic) past. Today, ketamine is well established as a sedative, but it turns out “Special K” could play a bigger part in the emergency physician’s arsenal.
Ketamine’s use in the ED as a sedating agent is well established. However, ketamine use as an analgesic agent, rather than anesthetic agent, dates back to the early 1970s, when ketamine was first introduced.
This week's crop of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors. This week: Is Google Glass finally making inroads in the ED? Plus, Dr. Oz defends himself against physician critiques.