FOAMcast - An Emergency Medicine Podcast

In this literature update podcast covering important papers of 2021, we cover Becattini et al on the assessment of right ventricular dysfunction in patients diagnosed with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). We review guidelines on PE risk stratification for severity and discuss this individual patient meta-analysis.

Show notes/references: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

 

Direct download: PE_right_ventricle_dysfunction_-_81021_3.40_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

This is a quick literature update on practice-changing literature from 2021. Here we discuss Pappal et al in Annals of Emergency Medicine on awareness during paralysis in mechanically ventilated patients

Show notes / References: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: ED_awareness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

This is a quick literature update of important literature in 2021 covering take-home naloxone by Kilaru et al. In this episode, we discuss principles of harm reduction, including naloxone, as well as the study. 

Show notes, references, and resources: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: take_home_naloxone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT

We review new clinical policy guidelines from SAEM on patients with recurrent (2 ED evaluations in 12 months) low risk (e.g. HEART score <4) chest pain.

Show notes and references: FOAMcast.org

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Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: Foamcast_grace_chest_pain_-_7_7_21_12.11_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

In this episode, we review the data on the association between myocarditis and the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

Show notes / References: FOAMcast.org

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Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: Foamcast_vaccine_myocarditis_-_6_23_21_10.28_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:48am EDT

In this quick literature update, we review a recent paper by Branch et al on early 'panscan' (head to pelvis CT scan ) in patients with return of spontaneous circulation after out of hospital cardiac arrest. 

Show notes/ references: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: OHCA_foamcast_panscan_-_6921_11.28_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

In this episode we review what we know about vaccine induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), which has been associated with the COVID-19 viral vector vaccines by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Show notes/references: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: VITT_-_41421_6.14_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

In this podcast, we review Cerebral Vein Thrombosis (CVT) including clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management.

Show notes: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: foamcast_CVT2_-_41421_8.47_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

In this episode, we discuss ivermectin as a potential therapeutic for COVID-19 and review available randomized trials evaluating this drug.

Show notes: FOAMcast.org

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Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: FOAMcast_ivermectin_for_covid.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

In this episode, we review new registry data from the ACIP meeting on pregnant people who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and discuss, in general, what we know about the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy. 

Show notes: FOAMcast.org

Pregnancy Decision Aid

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: covid_vax_preg_update_-_3321_9.28_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:25pm EDT

In this episode, we review the FDA briefing document on the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) viral vector COVID-19 vaccine.

Show notes: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer & Jeremy Faust

Direct download: jJ.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am EDT

We have previously covered epistaxis on FOAMcast , including the use of tranexamic acid (TXA). Now, we cover a new, large RCT, the NoPac trial by Reuben et al, on TXA for epistaxis.

Show notes: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: epistaxis_nopac.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

There's been a lot of excitement over various drugs for COVID-19, including anti-inflammatory drugs. Colchicine, a medication long used for gout, fits that bill. In this podcast, we review 3 trials of colchicine including COLCORONA, GRECCO-19, and a study by Lopes et al

Show notes: FOAMcast.org

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Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: foamcast_covid_colchicine_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

Early studies of tocilizumab, a monoclonal antibody that binds interleukin-6 , were disappointing. However, the REMAP-CAP trial recently reported a benefit to tocilizumab in non-critically ill hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Now, from the RECOVERY trial (the trial that brought us dexamethasone), we have more good news for tocilizumab - which we cover in this podcast

Show notes: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: recovery_toci_-_21321_9.45_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

As vaccinations role out, the news of SARS-CoV-2 variants with mutations to the spike protein have dominated news cycles. One unanswered question has been - do the current vaccines protect against these variants?

We tackle this issue and look at a new paper [pre-print] by Wu et al

Direct download: variant_-_12521_8.55_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

Prior randomized trials of convalescent plasma in COVID-19 have had disappointing results. However, these trials included patients with severe illness who were many days (if not weeks) into the course of their illness. To date, it was hypothesized, but unknown, that the benefit would be in patients very early in the course of their illness. We cover an RCT by Libster et al in NEJM on convalescent plasma in older patients with mild COVID-19.

Show notes/references: FOAMcast.org


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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: libster_convalescent_-_1721_7.39_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41am EDT

In this quick literature update we review the new recommendations from the CDC for the treatment of gonococcal infections which include:

  • Higher dose ceftriaxone (500 mg IM) or 1 gm IM if ≥150 kg patient
  • No routine azithromycin
  • Preference for doxycycline for co-treatment of presumed chlamydial infection

Show notes and references: FOAMcast.org

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: cdc_gonorrhea_-_1321_3.26_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

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