What You Might Not Know About Epiglottitis – Closing the Clinical Knowledge Gap

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

Epiglottitis - What you may not know about epiglottitis

Epiglottitis – Closing Clinical Knowledge GapsWhen You Might Not Know About EpiglottitisAll clinicians learn that patients with severe epiglottitis accompanied by drooling, and tripod positioning  are in grave danger of sudden airway collapse and cardiac arrest. These patients (usually pediatric) should be transported as rapidly as possible to a controlled operation room environment for advanced definitive airway management. Due to … Read More

Medical Misinformation: The Other Pandemic – Part 3, Medical Misinformation Prevention

Mark Perdue PA-CEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

Medical misinformation prevention strategies - how to counteract medicine misinformation

Medical Misinformation Prevention – What Medical Professionals Can Do to Counteract Medical MisinformationMedical Misinformation: The Other Pandemic Blog Series, Part 3 of 3In parts one and two of this blog series on Medical Misinformation, we described the harms associated with medical misinformation and common sources of medical misinformation, respectively. In this post, part three, we will examine some medical misinformation … Read More

Letter to a New Physician Assistant – PA Life Hacks and Career Advice for the New PA from a Seasoned Physician Assistant

Mark Perdue PA-CPersonal Education, Physician Assistant

New Physician Assistant - PA Life Hacks and PA career advice

Letter for New Physician Assistants: PA Life Hacks and PA Career Advice for Those New to the PA ProfessionFrom a Seasoned Physician AssistantAfter 17 years of practice as a PA, I’ve learned a few things and made a number of mistakes.  If only I could write my prior self a letter – a letter that would traverse time and land … Read More

Medical Misinformation: The Other Pandemic – Part 2, Medical Misinformation Sources

Mark Perdue PA-CEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

medical misinformation sources

Medical Misinformation: The Other Pandemic – Medical Misinformation SourcesMedical Misinformation Blog Series, Part 2 of 3In part one of this blog series on Medical Misinformation, we describe the harms associated with medical misinformation. In this post, part two, we will describe common medical misinformation sources and why we are so inclined to believe them. Medical Misinformation Sources – Frauds and … Read More

Rhabdomyolysis Review – Recalling What You Learned in Cell Biology

Paul Griner, MD, MACPEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

Rhabdomyolysis Review - from muscle tear to dark urine

Rhabdomyolysis – A Quick ReviewRecalling What You Learned in Cell BiologyRhabdomyolysis refers to the disintegration of striated muscle with the release of muscle cell contents into the circulation. It is a potentially fatal acute illness requiring aggressive treatment. Common causes of rhabdomyolysis include trauma, prolonged external compression, extreme exertion, and various drugs including, alcohol, cocaine, and opiates. Clinical features of … Read More

Medical Misinformation: The Other Pandemic – How Clinical Misinformation Causes Harm

Mark Perdue PA-CEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

Medical Misinformation

Medical Misinformation: The Other PandemicMedical Misinformation Blog Series, Part 1 of 3Misinformation is nothing new. I remember, as a child, standing in line with my mom at the grocery store and reading the headlines of a tabloid – a member of congress was reported  to be an alien, of the extraterrestrial variety, and to our shock, a particular celebrity was … Read More

White Blood Cell Counts, WBC Count Fine Points – Closing the Clinical Knowledge Gap

Paul Griner, MD, MACPEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

White blood cell counts - what you might not know about WBC counts

White Blood Cell Counts – Clinical Knowledge GapsWhen You Might Not Know About WBC CountsWhite blood cell counts serve three purposes… The most important purpose of WBC counts is to determine at the time of presentation, whether the counts are elevated or reduced when evaluating a patient with an acute illness. Secondly, the white blood cell counts serve to monitor … Read More

Imaging for Concussion, When to Image the Brain – Closing the Clinical Knowledge Gap

Paul Griner, MD, MACPEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

imaging for concussion - using the glasgow coma score to know when to image the brain

Imaging for Concussion – Clinical Knowledge GapsWhen to Image the Brain in Cases of Head Injury or Suspected ConcussionClinical guidelines should never be followed so rigidly that unique, medically important information of an individual patient is ignored in order to retrofit the patient to the guidelines. However, it is helpful to be aware of the more common and less substantiated … Read More

Fit For Duty? The Importance of Sound Mindedness in Clinical Practice

Mark Perdue PA-CEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

sound mindedness in clinical practice

Fit For Duty? The Importance of Sound Mindedness in Clinical PracticeIn a previous post we discussed cognitive bias and how our mind’s own natural way of thinking can lead us into mental traps. In that post we also noted another kind of vulnerability—cognitive deficits that also can impact our ability to make appropriate medical decisions. In this post I’d like … Read More

The Big Miss: Cognitive Bias and the Problem of Misdiagnosis

Mark Perdue PA-CBedside Diagnostic Challenge, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical News, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant

cognitive bias and misdiagnosis

Cognitive Bias and the Problem of Misdiagnosis: Avoiding The Big MissThe problem of cognitive bias and its important role in misdiagnosis is well documented. The phenomenon of cognitive bias can take several forms and affects the capacity of both new clinicians and seasoned professionals. A consensus is emerging that clinicians need to be aware of cognitive biases and practice educational … Read More