Peter Viccellio- Updates in Emergency Toxicology

Peter opened his presentation with a pertinent discussion on the pathophysiology and treatment of alcohol withdrawal. His approach is not solely from the standpoint of current research and literature but from a wealth of personal experience. Useful algorithms are listed in the attached lecture slides. Lorazepam, librium, phenobarbatal and valproic acid can be used but the big take home message: The cornerstone of severe alcohol withdrawal treatment remains IV diazepam (and lots of it – sometimes > 100mg).

Andrew Bezzina -Practice Changing Medical Articles

Andrew is a Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong in NSW, Australia. He has a significant background in education especially in rural and remote settings. Andrew has particular interests in Decision making in Emergency Medicine, Advance Care Directives in the Emergency Department and Emergency Department systems.

The Year of the Cat – Cuba 2013

Between the lack of street lights and the music I was able to anonymously blend into the scenery. I sat on a railing, smoking my fine cigar watching a group of 50-60 people having a marvelous time singing and dancing in the street to the music of a few guitars and drums.

The lyrics from a 70s song “Year of the Cat” came to mind:

On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime

A Skeptics Guide to Medical Literature- Podcast

Dr Joe Lex has been working in Emergency Medicine for over 40 years. He is passionate about medical education for which he has been awarded many accolades. In this talk, Joe encourages us to embrace new technologies, such as twitter and crowd sourcing to engage us in new research, and to become actively involved in peer review through this means. And he introduces and explains to us some very important concepts that we all need to be very aware of when interpreting the medical research we read.

Achievements from Developing EM 2013

Dear Delegates of DevelopingEM 2013 and Supporters of DevelopingEM, We’d  like to welcome you to our new website and introduce you to our blog.  We’re aiming to release a post per week and will release all the presentations from Havana with comments and updates right here. For our first post we’d just like to shareContinue reading “Achievements from Developing EM 2013”

Letter to President Obama

As a result of the 2013 DevelopingEM conference in Havana, Cuba, a resolution was made to write to President Obama to end the embargo on Cuba. Here is what we sent. President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 October 24, 2013 Dear President Obama, We implore you to endContinue reading “Letter to President Obama”