FOAMcast - An Emergency Medicine Podcast

In this episode, we review Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA), notably dissecting the recent Jansen et al trial in JAMA.

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Jeremy Faust & Lauren Westafer

Direct download: FOAMCAST_REBOA2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is commonly encountered in the ED and visits related to alcohol are estimated to be ~4% of all ED visits in the US. Despite this, most EDs offer little support and harm reduction for patients with AUD. In this podcast, we review naltrexone, the first-line medication for patients with AUD, which is starting to be initiated in US EDs by emergency clinicians. 

AAEM position paper

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Lauren Westafer

Direct download: foamcast_naltrexone_3.mp3
Category:toxicology -- posted at: 8:38am EST

Recommendations for the use of steroids in community-acquired pneumonia have been mixed. This episode reviews a large multicenter randomized trial in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dequin et al on hydrocortisone for severe community-acquired pneumonia. 

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Lauren Westafer

Direct download: foamcast_hydrocortisone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am EST

In this episode we review the CLOVERS trial, a randomized trial of early (first 24 hours) restrictive versus liberal fluids. 

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Jeremy Faust + Lauren Westafer

Direct download: clovers_-_21523_8.09_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EST

This episode reviews guideline recommendations and literature on the management of acute, uncomplicated diverticulitis - highlighting the recommendations to only prescribe antibiotics to select patients.

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Lauren WEstafer

Direct download: foamcast_divertic_-_2323_2.00_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

This episode reviews a shift from the "lethal triad" in trauma to the "diamond of death," exploring the role of calcium in hemostasis and critically ill patients. We review the literature that is available on hypocalcemia and trauma patients

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Lauren Westafer

Direct download: diamond_of_death_calcium_trauma_foamcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am EST

This episode is a departure from the typical FOAMcast clinical content, we will be back with strictly clinical content soon.

In May 2022, I came across a fellow passenger and stranger in cardiac arrest in the airport. A small team of strangers, including an emergency medicine resident, Dr. Jason Tanner, and an emergency department technician, Angel, assembled to treat this passenger. Billy Frolick, a writer and our patient that day, shares his perspective on his case with us. 

In addition, we highlight important clinical pearls, notably the importance of continuous chest compressions and early defibrillation. For more on not doing pulse checks, see this podcast: .


Direct download: foamcast___billy_-_12423_3.02_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

This episode covers the 2022 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) clinical policy on acute heart failure syndromes with a special focus on high dose nitrates

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Lauren Westafer

Direct download: ACEP_HF_nitrates.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am EST