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How to Repair a Laceration

How to repair a laceration

Marsena Collins, FNP-C, ENC-C Knowing how to repair a laceration is an essential skill for almost any provider to have. People will always injure themselves and likewise, they will need our skills. Let’s briefly discuss the process of laceration closure. Step 1: Wound Anatomy Prior to closure it’s important to understand basic wound anatomy. Remember … Read more

Acute Congestive Heart Failure

Acute Congestive Heart Failure

Camilo Mohar, DO Over 1 million hospitalizations occur each year as a result of acute congestive heart failure (CHF). With the ever increasing age of the US population, the prevalence of CHF is becoming more and more common. For this reason, it is important to understand the physiology and adequate management of congestive heart failure … Read more

What To Do With Borderline Positive Troponins

Borderline Positive Troponins

If you work in an emergency department setting, you have probably managed patients with borderline positive troponins. We have all ordered a troponin when a patient presents with suspected Acute Coronary syndrome (ACS). This is universally true for all emergency providers. Often, during the review of your labs for this patient you may note the … Read more

Basic Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation

The Basics of Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation

Melissa Cody, APRN Pulmonary/Critical Care We are all required to interpret an arterial blood gas at some point in our career. If you’re me you will certainly be looking at them all day; everyday. As an ACNP who works with a Pulmonary / Critical Care team ABGs are also a huge part of my daily … Read more

Red Flags for Headaches

Headache red flags and the snnoop10 system

Melanie Jones, PA-C Some of the most common complaints given by patients are headaches. Before diagnosing the patient with cluster or tension headache or their usual migraine, other causes should be considered. Consequently, A strong provider should ensure that there is not an underlying secondary cause of their patient’s pain. Accordingly, missing a secondary cause … Read more

When the dog (or cat) bites… How to Treat Animal Bites

How to properly care for animal bites

When it comes to traumatic injuries seen in the emergency room or urgent care, animal bites rank fairly high on the list of most common injuries.  Whether a cat, dog, hamster, raccoon, prairie dog, monkey, or shark, we have seen them all.  As a provider, we need to know how to deal with this efficiently … Read more

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