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Academic Library Proxy Bookmarklet


This post is probably geared mostly toward residents and academics who have access to a university library for their researchin’ and journal readin’ (and especially nerdy residents and academics). I’ve made a little tool to hopefully help a few people find accessing journal articles from home a little easier. It’s called a bookmarklet.

What does it do? Well, if your university or hospital library has a proxy server (now we’re getting reallly nerdy), you can use it to try to auto-access journal articles on the web, without the hassle of going to your library’s website, logging in, finding the journal you want, then the article you want, then opening the PDF. It’s probably easier explained in the accompanying video, below.

Visit this page to get the bookmarklet.

[vimeo width=”620″ height=”465″]http://vimeo.com/9811158[/vimeo]

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Annals Posts December Podcast

This month’s Annals of Emergency Medicine audio summary includes:

  • The prevalence of prolonged QTc in the ED
  • Risk levels for major adverse events after syncope in the elderly
  • 80-lead EKG: how much does it add, and what is it adding?
  • Admission v. discharge imbalances and crowding in the ED
  • What patient groups are disproportionately filling our ED’s as volumes increase?

And much, much more. Download the final audio summary of the decade today.

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Bicep Curls for Bad Veins

Yeah. My arm.

Yeah. My arm.

I hereby propose a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial to try to improve cross-sectional diameter of peripheral veins (surrogate outcome) and ease of experienced ED nurse in IV cannulation (patient important outcome) in patients who are tough sticks. Bicep curls vs. cardio vs. no bicep curls.

Sure, most people don’t plan their emergencies, or plan their next visit to the ED, but we certainly have a cohort of frequent fliers who need blood work and admission who are either sicklers and/or former/active IVDU, and/or renal patients and/or chronically ill/admitted to the hospital. We (and they) all know they’re going to need an EJ, or arterial stick, or central line every time they come in; neither party is particularly happy about this. After seeing my own arms get all veiny from hitting the gym, I don’t think it’s too terrible an idea, and might make our patients’ and their doctors’ lives easier.

Any takers?

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Annals Podcast for June

annalsThe June issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine is now available. And once again, the online highlight is the monthly podcast, which includes:

  • Dr. Deb Diercks discussing pitfalls and standards for chest pain triage
  • Dr. Vivek Tayal on ultrasound training standards

Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Newman summarize the June studies, including:

  • Failures in patient hand-offs
  • Family presence: no impact on efficiency
  • A trial of computerized risk assessments in low risk chest pain
  • Optic nerve sheath diameter fails to predict ICP in kids
  • ED neurocognitive testing may identify mild TBI
  • S3 doesn’t help to diagnose CHF

There is lots more, so download the Annals podcast today and every month!

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