Rhythm Nation: November 2016

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Faithful Bloggers! Rhythm Nation returns for another installment of critical analysis of the interesting ECGs from Kings County. Batter up! 63F h/o HTN, HL, DM, CAD, AFib (warfarin) CHF (EF 35%) presents to King’s County for “high blood pressure”. Lucky…

Discharge that pneumo!

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Last month we discussed the use of needle aspiration as an alternative to placing a traditional large-bore chest tube in patients with spontaneous pneumothoraces. One of the selling points of using these less invasive methods is that they decrease the amount…

The Widow Maker

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A 54 year-old male smoker is brought in by EMS with acute-onset, substernal chest pain. Vitals: BP 110/88, HR: 90. He is diaphoretic. The rest of his physical exam is unremarkable. A stat ECG reveals the following: The patient is taken…

Bored and Toxic (Lithium)

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You are polishing off the sweet remains of a fruitful Halloween weekend when the paramedics burst through the door with a very sick looking patient. You throw away your candy wrappers and rush to the stretcher where they present you…

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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A 34 year-old male with no medical problems presents to the emergency department with a bug bite. He states he was cleaning out his attic when he felt a pinch on his right arm. He saw a spider on his…

A “SWEET” SAVE!

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A young woman’s life was truly saved by the one and only… Dr. Molly Cutright! A 28 year-old woman with no past medical history was brought in by EMS for altered mental status. EMS reported that the patient had “belly…