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EM PharmD Journal Club 9/17/2014

Chan EW, et al. Intravenous Droperidol or Olanzapine as an Adjunct to Midazolam for the Acutely Agitated Patient: A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.  Ann Emerg Med. 2013 Jan;61(1):72-81.   https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/Uw3eaTUx3DA&source=uds

By |2014-09-15T19:35:00-05:00September 15th, 2014|EM PharmD Blog|0 Comments

Seizure Risk Associated with Tramadol Use

In an earlier post, the nuances associated the abuse potential of tramadol and its new schedule IV status, a decision made by the Drug and Enforcement Agency, was discussed. The safety of tramadol in terms of its risk for inducing seizures is a topic that is not clearly understood. Tramadol can cause seizures in overdoses because of the possible induction of serotonin syndrome and/or the modulation of monoamine reuptake inhibition. Tramadol does so by acting [...]

By |2014-09-11T12:00:00-05:00September 11th, 2014|EM PharmD Blog|0 Comments

Emergent Treatment of Arrhythmias Associated With Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Background:Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome is a congenital cardiac abnormality that manifests itself as a conduction irregularity found between the sinoatrial (SA) and atrioventricular (AV) nodes.  In an otherwise healthy heart, electrical conduction begins at the SA node, which is located in the right atrium.  An electrical pulse is then sent downward causing the atrium to contract and subsequently reaching the AV node, which acts as the connecting catalyst to allow the electrical pulse to reach the [...]

By |2014-09-04T11:44:00-05:00September 4th, 2014|EM PharmD Blog|2 Comments

The Living Systematic Review: An Answer to Knowledge Translation?

Note: An edited version of this post has been featured on MedPage Today. As much as it is may be difficult to ignore the fact that traditional systematic reviews and meta-analyses are full of flaws, they have become the bread and butter for not only the purposes of referencing, but also the very basis of why most of us clinicians practice the way we that we do. It becomes very easy to state, “In a meta-analysis conducted [...]

By |2014-09-02T10:06:00-05:00September 2nd, 2014|EM PharmD Blog|0 Comments