This is the conclusion to Wednesday’s post; if you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest checking out the original case description and initial ECG. Wednesday’s case introduced a 59 year old woman with a chief complaint of intermittent occipital head pain for about 10 days. Recently, it had started radiating into her neck and upper […]
One of my co-workers told me that she wants to see more case studies. A 59-year-old female presents to the emergency department with a chief complaint of “head pain that comes and goes.” She describes the pain as a dull ache in her occiput that’s been striking without warning a couple of times per day […]
You have a 50/50 shot at getting this one right. Are you feeling smart… or lucky? Two 50-year-old men present complaining of chest pain x 1 hour. One patient is suffering from a very subtle acute STEMI while the other has a non-cardiac cause for his chest pain. Which patient is experiencing the subtle STEMI? […]
This is the conclusion to our case from last Saturday. I suggest reviewing the original case presentation before diving into the discussion here. A 43-year-old female presents feeling like there’s a knot behind her sternum. It began suddenly just after eating lunch. This is her initial ECG: There is apparent ST-elevation in leads V1â€“V3. The […]
You respond to an office workplace for a 43-year-old female with a chief complaint of chest discomfort. On arrival you are greeted by the patient who is pleasant and well-appearing. Her skin is warm, pink, and dry and pulse strong at the radials. Respiratory effort is normal with clear lung sounds bilaterally and she does […]
This is the conclusion to our latest case, 59 Year Old Male: Unwell. I suggest starting there and reviewing the scenario before diving into this discussion. I was glad to see our latest case generated quite a bit of debate. This is a difficult tracing coupled with an equally difficult clinical scenario, so it wasn’t […]
**UPDATE** The conclusion to this case is now posted here. It’s the middle of the afternoon when you are dispatched to the residence of a 59 year old male with a chief complaint of general illness. When you arrive on scene you encounter a middle-aged man in obvious distress, lying on a couch. He is […]
Snapshot cases are tracings where we do not have good patient follow-upâ€”or sometimes even clinical informationâ€”but still feel there are points worth discussing. This is a patient who required emergent cardioversion for unstable rapid atrial fibrillation. What happened? Tracing shared by Rob McDonald, and emergency department nurse in Queensland, Australia.