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What is the tx for hyperparathyroidism due to parathyroid hyperplasia?
- remove 3.5 glands, mark the remaining half gland with surgical clip
- autotransplant from neck region to forearm
What are the high potency neuroleptics?
Haloperidol (Haldol)
Fluphenazine (Prolixin, Permitil)
Thiothixene (Navane)
Droperidol (Inapsine)

"High Five Thio after he THINX he DROPped his number for a girl"
(Haldol, Fluphenazine, ThioTHIXene, Droperidol"
LIst the low potency typical neuroleptics
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
Thioridazine (Mellaril)

there's LOW (low potency) CHLORine in the Pool (chlorPromazine) after THIO gets RID of the chlorine
List the moderate potency typical neuroleptics

"just TRI MOLin' around, there's LOX of boys around here"
List the Atypical Antipsychotics
Clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo)
Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
Risperidone (Risperdal)
Quetiapine (Seroquel)
Aripiprazole (Abilify)
Paliperidone (Invega)
What mineralcorticoid medication is used in the treatment of aldosterone deficiencies such as adrenal insufficiency & 21-hydroxylase deficiency?
fludrocortisone (Florinef)
Where is the brain lesion?

pt presents w/ contralateral hemiballismus (rapid, unpredictable flailing movements of arm, leg)
subthalamic nucleus
Where is the lesion?
pt presents with hemispatial neglect syndrome
right parietal lobe
where is the brain lesion if pt presents in coma?
Pons - specifically reticular activating system (RAS)
Where is the brain lesion if pt presents with poor repetition

(meaning patients can speak relatively well and have good auditory comprehension but cannot put parts of words together or conjure up words)
termed conduction aphasia, lesion of the arcuate fasciculus, in the white matter underlying the temporal–parietal junction; this lesion disconnects Wernicke's area from Broca's area.
where is the brain lesion?

The patient has difficulty naming even simple objects. Repetition is impaired, but comprehension of spoken language is normal. The patient is usually aware of the deficit and appropriately concerned about it.
Broca's aphasia caused by a lesion in the inferior frontal gyrus in the dominant hemisphere

Most lesions that involve Broca's area also involve the neighboring motor cortex. Patients are often hemiplegic, with the arm more affected than the leg. Broca's aphasia often occurs as a result of strokes, most commonly affecting the middle cerebral artery territory.
Where is the brain lesion?

Pt has fluent speech, but repetition and comprehension are impaired. Has difficulty naming objects and produces both literal paraphasias (eg, "wellow" instead of "yellow") and verbal paraphasias (eg, "mother" instead of "wife"). Neologisms (meaningless, nonsensical words) are used commonly and speech may be circumlocutory (ie, wordy but meaningless). Patient does not appear concerned about, or even aware of speech disorder.
Wernicke's aphasia: caused by a lesion in or near the superior temporal gyrus. Because this part of the cortex is not located adjacent to the motor cortex, there is usually no hemiplegia.

Wernicke's aphasia commonly occurs as a result of embolic strokes.
Where is the brain lesion?

When pt is asked to touch his or her nose with a finger, the arm exhibits tremor during movement, often more marked as the target is reached.
INTENTION TREMOR = occurs during activity.

results from a lesion affecting the superior cerebellar peduncle (or more generally, from cerebellar hemisphere)

(note: this form of tremor is sometimes mistaken for limb ataxia, but the latter has no rhythmic oscillatory component)
where is the brain lesion?

pt exhibits a tremor that occurs when the limb is at rest.
RESTING TREMOR - tremor apparent when arm is at rest, characteristic of Parkinson's disease

results from lesion to the Basal Ganglia

This tremor may appear as a "pill-rolling" maneuver—rhythmic, opposing circular movements of the thumb and index finger. There may be alternating flexion and extension of the fingers or hand, or alternating pronation and supination of the forearm.
Pt presents with hyperorality (a tendency to explore objects by placing them in the mouth together with the indiscriminate eating or chewing of objects and all kinds of food); hypersexuality, psychic blindness, or visual agnosia, in which objects are no longer recognized; and personality changes, usually with abnormal passivity or docility.

Where is the brain lesion?
KLÜVER–BUCY SYNDROME, bilateral amygdala lesion
pt presents with personality changes - where would you suspect a brain lesion to be?
frontal lobe
Pt presents with dysarthria (dysfunction of the phonation, articulation, resonance, or respiration aspects of speech)

where is the brain lesion?
cerebellar vermis
Pt presents with ataxia & acalculia
left parietal lobe
at what age do physicians begin to dose dexamethasone with, or prior, to the first dose of antibiotics in cases of suspected bacterial meningitis?
6mos of age
What drugs are most commonly used in renal disease to bind phosphate in order to prevent hyperphosphatemia?
Calcium carbonate & calcium acetate

DO NOT used calcium citrate
What is the classic presentation of a pt with aspirin overdose?
tinnitus, starts as respiratory alkalosis, then becomes mixed respiratory alkalosis and metablic acidosis with increased anion gap

other signs: hyperthermia, altered mental status, N/V, dehydration
What is the antidote for salicyclates
What is the antidote for
beta-blockers (or verapamil)
insuline & glucose
What is the antidote for
Digoxin FAB fragments

Do NOT give calcium
What is the antidote for
What is the antidote for
What is the antidote for
tPA, streptokinase
Aminocaproic acid
Describe the blood supply to the heart
see above
label the vessels of the heart
see above
Label the vessels of the heart
see above
Which coronary artery is the most common site of occlusion?
Which ECG leads correspond to this artery?
In which phase of the cardiac cycle do coronary arteries fill with blood?
What are the equations used to find mean arterial pressure (MAP)?
MAP = 2/3 diastolic + 1/3 systolic


MAP = DBP + 1/3 Pulse Pressure
(Pulse Pressure = SBP - DBP)
What is the electrophysiological reason that a QRS complex would become widened?
There are a couple ways you can get a wide QRS:
1) depolarization that originates somewhere distal to the AV node , ie starting somewhere in the ventricles - and then has to travel thru both the ventricles (rather than depolarizing the ventricles at the same time)
2) delay somewhere in the interventricular conduction system - either a interventricular conduction delay or bundle branch block
Stress testing is done as a screening test. If angina or ischemia occurs with these tests, what test should follow?
coronary angiogram
At what age should screening for hyperlipidemia begin?
35 yrs for men
45 yrs for women
earlier if pt has risk factors

note: these are the ages that screening should begin, the ages in the chart reflect at which age becomes a risk factor
At what total cholesterol value should tx begin in a pt with no risk factors?
What are the two most common adverse effects of statin use, and what labs would reveal these effects?
hepatotoxicity - check LFTs
myopathy, myositis - check CK levels
What lipid lowering drugs should NOT be combined?
statins & fibrates

they both can cause myositis and increased LFTs
what is the first line medication to raise HDL?
ST segment elevation only during brief episodes of chest pain

Prinzmetal angina
Pt is able to point to localize the chest pain using one finger

musculoskeletal chest pain
Pt has CC of chest pain
On PE, there is chest wall tenderness on palpation

Musculoskeletal chest pain
Pt presents with rapid onset sharp chest pain that radiates to the scapula

aortic dissection
Pt presents with rapid onset sharp pain in a 20yo and assoc with dyspnea

Spontaneous Pneumothorax
Pt has chest pain that occurs after heavy meals and improved with antacids

GERD or esophageal spasm
PT has sharp chest pain lasting hrs-days and is somewhat relieved by sitting forward

Pt has chest pain made worse by deep breathing and/or motion

Musculoskeletal pain
Pt has chest pain in a dermatomal distribution

Zoster (varicella zoster virus)
What is the most common cause of non-cardiac chest pain?
Acute onset dyspnea, tachycardia, and confusion in a hospitalized pt

Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
Pt c/o chest pain that began the day following an intensive new exercise program
musculoskeletal pain
Pt with chest pain is found to have widened mediastinum on CXR

aortic dissection

next step: CT scan of chest
What medications are used in the treatment of Prinzmetal's angina?
Calcium Channel Blockers (Verapamil, Diltiazem)

**Avoid beta-blockers and aspirin (can exacerbate coronary vasospasm)
What is the role of Percutaneous Transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in a pt with Coronary Artery Disease?:
(1) pt with stable angina, NO h/o MI ?
(2) if medical therapy fails to improve a pt's stable anginal symptoms ?
(3) pt with angina meets high-risk criteria ?
(4) pt with severe CAD (such as significant proximal left main CAD, or 3-vessel CAD in pt with LVEF <50%) ?
(1) COURAGE trial showed that angioplasty with stenting is NO BETTER than medical management alone

(2) PTCA (or CABG) is recommended if pt fails med tx

(3) PTCA or CABG, before med tx, if pt is high risk

(4) CABG is better than PTCA if pt has severe CAD
What medication is used to treat Prinzmetal's angina?
Calcium Channel Blockers (Nifedipine, Verapamil)
Which patients are more likely to have atypical angina (or no angina) during an episode of cardiac ischemia?
Diabetics & women
How does nitroglycerin work acutely in a cardiac ischemic episode?
nitroglycerin dilates peripheral veins

decreases PREload, and decreases myocardial oxygen demand
Why should relief of chest pain with nitroglycerin administration not be used as a diagnostic test for whether or not the chest pain is cardiac in nature?
Nitroglycerin will also relieve chest pain due to GERD & esophageal spasms
What is a helpful mneumonic to remember some of the drugs used to treat acute angina in the ER?
Which vein is typically used in CABG?
Saphenous vein
Which medication types have a proven reduction in mortality following MI?
Statins - shown to reduce mortality
In what time frame do thrombolytics need to be given in a MI? how does this differ from the time frame in which they need to be given for a stroke?
MI - up to 12 hrs
Ischemic stroke - up to 3 hrs
In addition to ST & T wave changes and new Q wave, what other EKG findings may indicate MI?
Arrythmia (VTach, V Fib)
What are specific labs ordered in pts suspected of having an MI?
serial cardiac enzymes : 3 sets of troponin- I, CK-MB taken every 8hrs
What electrolytes are important to optimize to prevent arrhythmias in pts suffering from an MI?
Keep K+ >4mEq/L
keep Mg+ >2mEq/L
When is a post-MI pt at greatest risk for ventricular wall rupture?
4-8days post-MI
A pt that you treated 3wks ago for MI is now found to have fever, pericarditis, and an elevated ESR - dx?
Dressler Syndrome
Which coronary artery is involved with EKG changes in:

V2, V3, V4
LAD - supplies anterior wall
Which coronary artery is involved with EKG changes in:

V1, V2, V3
Septal Branch (distal branch of LAD) - supplies interventricular septum
Which coronary artery is involved with EKG changes in:

AVL, V5, V6
LAD or Circumflex - supplies lateral wall
Which coronary artery is involved with EKG changes in:

Posterior Descending Artery (PDA) or Marginal Branch - supplies inferior wall
HYQ: What is the most common cause of CP in a pt with sudden tearing chest pain radiating to the back?
Aortic Dissection
HYQ: What is the most common cause of death in pts with acute myocardial infarction?
Ventricular Fibrillation
Which lipid-lowering agent causes Facial flushing?
Which lipid-lowering agent causes elevated LFTs & myositis?
Statins & Fibrates
Which lipid-lowering agents cause GI discomfort & have a bad taste?
Which lipid-lowering agent have best effect on HDL?
Which lipid-lowering agent has best effect on Triglycerides?
Which lipid-lowering agent has the best effect on lowering LDL/cholesterol?
Which lipid-lowering agent binds C. diff toxin?
What are the recommendations for LDL levels in pts based on their CAD risk?
LDL <160 (if no risk factors)
LDL <130 (if pt has at least 2 risk factors)
LDL <100 if pt has high risk for CAD

to assess risk: Framingham Risk Assessment
Age – men > 45yr, women >55yrs
Cigarette smoking
Low Levels of HDL (40mg/dL) Remember: HDL > 60 gives a bonus pt!!!
What is the MOA of
Streptokinase (Streptase)
converts plasminogen to plasmin
What is the MOA of
COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitor to prevent platelet aggregation
What is the MOA of
Clopidogrel (Plavix)
blocks platelet ADP Receptor, prevents platelet aggregation
What is the MOA of
Glycogen IIb/IIIa inhibitor - blocks platelet aggregation
What is the MOA of
Glycogen IIb/IIIa inhibitor - blocks platelet aggregation
What is the MOA of
blocks platelet ADP receptor
What is the MOA of
(Enoxaparin = LMWH = Lovenox)

catalyzes activation of antithrombin III
What is the MOA of Eptifibatide?
Glycogen IIb/IIIa inhibitor - blocks platelet aggregation
EKG shows: prolonged PR interval more than 0.2sec (5small boxes)

What type of heart block?
1 degree heart block
EKG shows: no relationship btw P waves and QRS

What type of heart block?
3 degree heart block
EKG shows: PR interval becomes progressively longer until a beat is dropped

What type of heart block?
2 degree heart block, Mobitz Type 1 (Wenckebach)
EKG shows: PR interval fixed, but with occasional blocked beats

What type of heart block?
2nd degree heart block, Mobitz type II
What medications should all post-MI pts receive as outpatients?
- Aspirin & Clopidogrel (Plavix)
- beta-blocker (metoprolol, carvedilol)
- Statin
- Aldosterone Antagonist (Spironolactone)
Narrow QRS not associated with p waves, rate 60

Third Degree Heart Block/ Junctional Rhythm
EKG shows erratic, wide QRS

Ventricular Fibrillation
EKG show wide QRS not associated with p waves, rate >40 but <100

Accelerated Idioventricular Rhythm (AIVR)

Rate: Atrial not discernable, ventricular 40-100 beats/minute

Rhythm: Ventricular rate regular, atrial rate not discernable

P waves: Absent

PRI: None

QRS: > .12

May be due to: Heart disease (e.g., acute myocardial infarction, digitalis toxicity, at reperfusion of a previously occluded coronary artery), may occur During Resuscitation, Drugs (e.g., digoxin), dilated cardiomyopathy, and during Outpatient procedures (due to spinal anesthesia).
Narrow QRS not assoc with P waves, rate >100

NOTE: the picture is acclerated junctional rhythm - it's the same except that the rate is >100bpm
Wide QRS, not assoc with P waves, rate 20-40
Ventricular Rhythms = Ventricular impulses come from the ventricles.

Inherent rate of ventricles is: 20-40 beats per minute
can be Idioventricular Rhythm (IVR) or Ventricular Escape Rhythm
Wide QRS, not assoc with P wave, rate >100
Ventricular Tachycardia (VTach)
Narrow QRS not assoc with P waves, rate >60 but <100
Accelerated Junctional Rhythm
What is the diff btw a wandering pacemaker (WAP) and multifocal atrial tachycardia (MAT)?
- Wandering pacemaker has atleast 3 diff P wave morphologies with a ventricular rate of <100

- Multifocal atrial TACHYCARDIA (MAT): atleast 3 diff P wave morphologies with ventricular rate >100

- Multifocal atrial bradycardia (MAB) = 3 diff P waves , vent rate <60
How to treat this?
Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia (>100) or Wandering pacemaker (<100)

Acute Tx: CCB or Beta-blockers (If you have to choose between the two, go with beta-blockers)

Chronic tx: catheter ablation or surgery to eliminate abnormal pacemakers
Which heart blocks need a pacemaker?
2nd Degree Heart Block, Mobitz Type II

3rd Degree Heart Block
How would you treat this?
Wolff-Parkinson White (WPW) - a type of Supraventricular tachycardia due to AV reentry (often thru Bundle of Kent)

Amiodarone (class 3)
Procainamide (class 1A)
Beta-blockers (Class 2)
CCBs (class 4)

Do NOT give Adenosine
What endocrine disorder can cause atrial fibrillation?
hyperthyroidism (check TSH!)
A pt is in the hospital and begins to have atrial fibrillation with RVR (rapid ventricular rate). This pt has had chronic atrial fib previously. What study should be performed before the pt can be cardioverted?

what meds can be used in the meantime?
transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)

beta-blockers, CCBs (NON- dihydropyridines - ie Diltiazem, Verapamil, amlodipine), Digoxin
Why must heparin be started in conjunction with Warfarin?
Warfarin causes temporary hypercoagulable state by depleting protein C & protein S

so heparin is used for ~3-5 days
Type of heart block in which the PR interval is progressively lengthened with each beat until a ventricular beat is dropped:
2nd degree heart block, Mobitz type 1 (wenckeback)

mneumonic: Wencke is #1, and Warns you before he drops a beat
Which type of Heart block?
PR interval prolonged more than 0.2 sec (5 small boxes)
1st degree heart block
Which type of Heart block?
No relationship btw P waves and QRS complexes
3rd degree heart block
Which type of Heart block?
PR interval becomes progressively longer until a beat is dropped
2nd degree Heart block, Mobitz Type 1 (Wenckeback)

Remember: Wenckeback is #1, and he gives you a Warning (or Wink) before he drops a beat
Which type of Heart block?
PR interval is fixed, but with occasional blocked beats
2nd degree heart block, Mobitz Type 2
HYQ: What is the treatment for premature atrial contractions (PAC) or premature ventricular contractions (PVC)?
these are not pathological, observation is all that's needed

may be related to caffeine intake (cut down on the caffeine!) or hyperthyroidism

PAC occurs when a site within the atria discharges before the next SA node is due to discharge

PVC is when a site within the ventricle discharges early, and causes a weird looking QRS complex.

PVCs become concerning when there are >3 PVCs in a minute
HYQ: What is the DOC for acute-onset atrial fibrillation with RVR in a pt with WPW?
Electrocardioversion or Procainamide (Class 1A)
HYQ: An EKG shows complete independence of P waves and QRS complexes. What is the next step in management?

(3rd degree heart block)
HYQ: What type of heart block -

PR interval is progressively lengthened with each beat until a ventricular beat is dropped?
2nd degree heart block, Mobitz Type 1 (Wenckebach)
HYQ: What is the DOC in paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia?
- Carotid Massage (avoid in someone with carotid artery disease - you could dislodge a plaque and cause a stroke)
- Valsalva maneuvers
- IV adenosine is DOC
Which drug is avoided in Wolff-Parkinson White but used in all other forms of paroxsymal supraventricular tachycardia?
IV Adenosine
What EKG finding may indicate a very early sign of Heart Failure?
Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
Whats a normal range for the ejection fraction?
Which type of cardiac dysfunction can be thought of as the ventricle being a floppy, wet bag trying to squeeze blood (decreased contractility)
systolic dysfunction
Which type of cardiac dysfunction is like trying to force 1.5L of Coke into a 1L bottle? (decreased ventricular compliance)
Diastolic dysfunction
What medications are important in the OUTPATIENT tx of CHRONIC CHF?
-Loop Diuretics
- Aldosterone Antagonists (Spironolactone)
- Digoxin
- Aspirin
What is the ACUTE tx for exacerbations of CHF?
Lasix/ Loop Diuretics
Positioning/ Pressors
When should a physician consider a biventricular pacemaker in a CHF pt?
ejection fraction <35% for >3 months
HYQ: Which antiarryhtmic should be avoided in pts with preexisting lung disease?
When should PVCs be concerning?
>3 PVCs per min
- optimize Mg++ and K+ levels
- consider a beta-blocker
Which heart valves should blood be flowing thru during systole?
aortic & Pulmonic
What are the systolic heart murmurs?
aortic stenosis
pulmonic stenosis
mitral regurgitation
tricuspid regurgitation
What heart valves should blood be flowing thru during diastole?
Tricuspid & mitral
What are the diastolic heart murmurs?
tricuspid stenosis
mitral stenosis
aortic regurgitation
pulmonic regurgitation
Explain the difference btw Kussmaul's sign and Pulsus Paradoxus
see above
in what condition will having the pt perform the Valsalva maneuver while auscultating the heart will increase the murmur?
In what condition will it decrease the murmur?
INCREASE - with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy & Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)

- aortic stenosis
- pulmonary stenosis
- tricuspid & mitral regurgitation
- aortic & pulmonic regurgitation
- tricuspid & mitral stenosis

QUICK HIT: Standing & the Valsalva & leg raise maneuvers diminish the intensity of ALL murmurs EXCEPT MVP & hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - these maneuvers decrease left ventricular volume
SQUATTING increases the intensity of ALL murmurs except MVP & Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Sustained Handgrip increases the intensity of MVP murmur, but diminishes the intensity of Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - sustained handgrip increases systemic resistance
What 4 murmurs are possible during diastole?
mitral/ tricuspid stenosis
aortic/ pulmonic regurgitation
50 yo M comes to the ER with symptoms of CHF. He is a known alcoholic and his exam is notable for having both systolic & diastolic murmurs. What is the true diagnosis of this man's disease?
Dilated cardiomyopathy
A 66yo M presents to the ER c/o CP, esp with the action of breathing. 4wks ago he had an MI, and now he is afraid he is having another one. The pt seems most comfortable sitting up & leaning forward. Altho proper w/u for acute MI must be performed, what is the likely cause of his pain?
Dressler's syndrome - Pericarditis
What will cardiac catheterization show in a pt with chronic constrictive pericarditis?
equal pressures in all 4 chambers
What is Beck's triad, what condition do you see it with, and what are the EKG findings associated with this condition?
Triad: hypotension, distended neck veins, distant heart sounds

Dx: Cardiac Tamponade

EKG: low voltage sinus tachycardia

Tx: pericardiocentesis, STAT
Which heart murmur is assoc with syncopal episodes?
aortic stenosis
Which valve is most frequently damaged in rheumatic heart disease?
mitral valve
What is the classic appearance of the heart on a CXR of a patient with pericardial effusion?
enlargement of cardiac silhouette - Globular heart - "water bottle" shaped heart
In what scenarios might you see Kussmaul's sign (increased JVD with inspiration)
constrictive pericarditis
Restrictive cardiomyopathy
R ventricular infarct
massive PE
What disease has signs of heart failure + diabetes mellitus + elevated LFTs?
In which etiology of restrictive cardiomyopathy is the pathology reversible with phlebotomy?
What is the next step in the w/u of a low-grade systolic murmur in an otherwise healthy asymptomatic patient?
no further workup necessary
What is the next step in teh w/u of a diastolic murmur in an otherwise healthy, asymptomatic pt?
Short systolic murmur at the apex that decreases with squatting and is sometimes assoc with a benign chest pain and lasts only a few seconds - Dx?
Mitral valve prolapse
When might subclinical mitral stenosis from rheumatic heart disease become clinically apparent?
when blood volume is increased
What commonly causes heart failure in young pts?
What is the tx for cardiac tamponade?
immediate pericardiocentesis
What medications are important in the outpt management of chronic CHF?
Loop Diuretics
Aldosterone Antagonists
What is the acute tx for exacerbations of CHF?
Loop Diuretics
Position/ Pressors
Diastolic murmur heard best at LLSB, that increases with inspiration
Tricuspid Stenosis
Late diastolic murmur with an opening snap (no change with inspiration)
Mitral Stenosis
Systolic murmur heard best in second right interspace
aortic stenosis
systolic murmur heard best in second left interspace
Pulmonic stenosis
Late systolic murmur best heard at apex
mitral valve prolapse
Diastolic murmur with a widened pulse pressure
aortic regurgitation
holosytolic murmur that is louder with inspiration at the left lower sternum
tricuspid regurgitation
holosystolic murmur heard at the apex and radiates to the axilla
mitral regurgitation
What is the treatment for premature atrial contractions?
Crescendo-decrescendo systolic murmur best heart in 2nd-3rd right interspace close to sternum
Aortic stenosis
Rumbling late diastolic mumur with an opening snap
Mitral stenosis
Pansystolic (aka holosystolic) murmur best heard at the 4th-6th left intercostal spaces
Tricuspid regurg or VSD
Continuous machine-like murmur
high pitched diastolic murmur
assoc with widened pulse pressure
aortic regurgitation
Explain the ABCDEs of Trauma assessment
What are the classic physical findings in a basilar skull fracture/
Raccoon eyes
Battle’s sign – bruising over mastoid process
CSF from nose (rhinorrhea) or ears (otorrhea)
What is Cushing’s triad (4*)
1. Hypertension
2. Bradycardia
3. Bradypnea
What interventions can be used to lower intracranial pressure in a head injury patient?
What is the treatment for anterior spinal cord syndrome following a traumatic injury?
A pt involved in a motorcycle accident arrives in the ER on a stretcher with his neck in a hard cervical collar. His left leg and foot are mangled. His GCS is 15 & in between his moans of pain he asks to have the uncomfortable collar removed b/c his neck isn’t bothering him. Can you remove the collar?
A patient presents to the ER after being involved in a motor vehicle collision (MVC). He doesn’t open his eyes or make any sounds, but he does withdraw to painful stimuli. What is his Galsgow coma score (GCS)? What needs to be done?
GCS = 6
Next step: intubation
Another MVC victim arrives to the ER. He is able to carry on a conversation and even comment on how nice one of the nurses’ hair looks. He is able to move all of his extremities on command, and he had a significant periorbital ecchymosis and surround superficial scrapes. What is his GCS? What radiological study does he definitely need?
GCS = 15
Next step: noncontrast CT of head
Yet another motor vehicle collision victim presents to the ER with a profusely bleeding wound to the leg. She is complaining loudly about her pain. What is your next step in assessment?
Next need to assess breathing (you know the airway is patent b/c she is talking) to assess breathing, auscultate the lungs
What imaging is commonly utilized in an MVC pt with no neck pain & low risk of cervical injury in order to r/o cervical fracture?
Cervical XRAY series – A/P, Lateral, Open-mouth odontoid
What imaging is required to definitely r/o C-spine fracture?
Cervical CT scan
What are the different zones of the neck and structures contained in each zone?
What work-up is indicated for a penetrating injury to the different zones of the neck when the platysma has been violated?
Airway, breathing, circulation
Very low threshold for intubation in these patients
Asses for injury to the lung, esp in zone I injuries
Oxygen, 2 large bore IVs (eg 14 gauge), type & cross blood
If unstable as a result of this injury or obvious bleeding or rapidly expanding hematoma → stat to the OR for surgical exploration (Do not explore the wound in the ER). While waiting, do the following:
Direct pressure to any bleeding sites
If bleeding persists, consider placing a Foley cath into the wound & fill with normal saline to control bleeding
If stat surgery consult is delayed & bleeding persists, consider attempt to explore wound & clamp bleeding
Zone I – assess with 4 Vessel Arteriogram (CTA)
Zone II – Surgical Exploration or (Doppler U/s + selective exploration) (Institution dependent)
Zone III – 4 Vessel Arteriogram (CTA) + triple endoscopy
What CXR findings might indicate a ruptured thoracic aorta?
Widened mediastinum, loss of aortic knob, pleural cap, deviation of the trachea and esophagus to the right, and depression of the left main stem bronchus
(5*) What are the signs of tension pneumothorax? What is the treatment?
Signs: absent breath sounds and hyperresonance to percussion (hollow sound) on the affected side, distended neck veins, hypotension
Immediate chest tube placement
If delay in chest tube placement, needle decompression on the affected side (2nd or 3rd IC space at midclavicular line or 5th IC space at midaxillary line)
What is a flail chest and what is the classic presentation?
Flail chest is a free-floating portion of the chest wall that moves paradoxically to the rest of the chest wall (inward motion with inspiration) and results from 3 or more sequential rib fractures
Patient may have muscle splinting due to pain which may conceal the paradoxical motion of the chest wall
Mechanism of injury is usually direct impact of the steering wheel or crush injury
What is the treatment for a flail chest?
Oxygen supplementation
Close monitoring for early signs of respiratory compromise
(placing an object (ie sandbag) to the affected region to stabilize the segment is no longer done due to the consequence of restricting chest expansion)
BiPAP by mask or endotracheal intubation with mechanical ventilation
Analgesia for pain (otherwise patient may become hypoxic from limiting breathing due to pain
What are the initial steps in the management of an abdominal stab wound presenting to the ER?
What are the next steps in the management of blunt abdominal trauma in a patient with stable vital signs?
Airway, breathing, circulation (primary survey then secondary survey)
Establish IV access at two sites with large bore IVs
NG tube and Foley
*****CT of abdomen & pelvis
Stat H&H +/- Blood type & cross
What are the next steps in the management of a patient with blunt abdominal trauma and unstable vital signs?
What is the treatment for a retroperitoneal hematoma?
What is the next step in managing an expanding hematoma in the neck?
A trauma patient arrives in the ER after being the driver in a high speed collision. Airway is intact, but on inspection of the chest, a portion of his chest wall seems to move in the opposite direction than it should when he breathes. What is the problem here?
Dx: Flail chest – suggests multiple rib fractures
While you were observing the odd chest movements above, the mental status and BP of the patient plummeted. Quickly you listen for chest sounds, which are absent on the anterior right side. This area is hyper-resonant to percussion, and there may be some deviation of the trachea to the left. What now?
Dx: Tension pneumothorax
Tx: large gauge hollow needs into the 2nd intercostal space, midclavicular line, then place chest tube
A psychiatric patient stabbed himself in the umbilicus with a knife. The patient is tachycardic and hypotensive. The wound appears to penetrate the abdominal wall. What is the next step in management?
Patient needs to go to the OR – evaluate for injury to intraabdominal structures
A MVC victim has evidence of significant blunt trauma. On the way to the CT scanner, his BP plummets. What is the next step?
Bypass CT scanner & pt needs to go to the OR
What is the immediate treatment for a patient with a pelvic fracture?
What are the classic signs of urethral injury? What study can be used to confirm this?
Look for blood at the urethral meatus, a high-riding “ballotable” prostate, or absence of palpable prostate
If signs of injury → retrograde cystourethrogram to r/o injury prior to Foley catheter placement
What is the classic sign for a bladder injury? What study can be used to confirm this?
Hematuria is most frequently seen in bladder injuries
A Retrograde cystourethrogram can be used to diagnose the bladder injury and determine if it is an intraperitoneal or extraperitoneal rupture
If extraperitoneal rupture → Foley catheter for 10 – 14days
If intraperitoneal ruptures → Urgent laparotomy for bladder repair
What antibiotic prophylaxis should be provided for rape victims? What other prophylatic measures should also be taken?
What is the next step in the evaluation of a male trauma patient with blood at his urethral meatus & a high riding prostate? What is contraindicated?
Next step: retrograde urethrogram
Contraindications: do NOT attempt to place a foley!
What should be done to evaluate an extremity trauma?
Full sensory & motor exam
What should you be looking for in a fetal ultrasound in the pregnant patient that has been involved in a MVA?
Placental abruption
Since bleeding between the fetus & mother is a concern in trauma, what actions should be taken once the patient and the fetus are stabilized?
Test mother’s Rh status
What criteria must be met before a pregnant trauma pt can be discharged from the hospital? (Hint: these are essentially the opposite of the symptoms found in placental abruption)
1. Contraction frequency ( < 1 every 10 min)
2. Normal fetal heart tracing
3. Absence of vaginal bleeding & abdominal pain
What antibiotics should be given in a case of sexual assault?
Ceftriaxone, Azithromycin, Metronidazole
What are some classic signs of physical abuse?
Multiple bruises, inconsistent/vague history
Burns/ bruises in shapes of objects
Rib, skull, long bone fractures
HYQ: What radiographic study is used to diagnose injury to the urethra?
Retrograde cystourethrogram
HYQ: Chest trauma + hypotension + JVD + distant heart sounds → what is the next step in the management of this patient?
Dx: Cardiac tamponade
Tx: Pericardiocentesis; pericardial window
HYQ: Chest trauma + hypotension + JVD + respiratory distress → what is the next step in the management of this pt?
Dx: Tension Pneumothorax
Next steps: needle decompression of the chest & placement of a chest tube
HYQ: What is the next step in the evaluation of penetrating injuries to the different zones of the neck?
Zone 1: 4 –Vessel arteriogram
Zone 2: surgical exploration
Zone 3: CT angiogram + triple endoscopy
HYQ: What is the next step in the evaluation of penetrating injuries to the different zones of the neck?
Zone 1: 4 –Vessel arteriogram
Zone 2: surgical exploration
Zone 3: CT angiogram + triple endoscopy
HYQ: What interventions are effective in the management of elevated intracranial pressure?
Elevate head of bed to 30°
Intubate/ hyperventilate temporarily
Decompressive craniectomy
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Pelvic fracture + DPL shows blood in the pelvis
Emergent laparotomy
What is the next step :
Pelvic fracture + DPL shows urine in the pelvis
Urgent laparotomy
What is the next step
Pelvic fracture + DPL shows nothing + hemodynamic instability
Angiography with possible embolization
What is the next step
Blunt abdominal trauma + unstable vital signs + FAST shows fluid in pelvis
Emergent Laparotomy
What is the next step
Blunt abdominal trauma + unstable vital signs + FAST shows no fluid in pelvis
Angiography with possible embolism
What is the next step
Blunt abdominal trauma + unstable vital signs + FAST inconclusive
What is the next step
Blunt abdominal trauma + stable vital signs
CT of abdomen & pelvis
What is the next step
Abdominal stab wound + hypotensive or signs of peritonitis
Emergent laparotomy
What additional studies can be performed in the case of a stable patient with an abdominal stab wound that penetrated the peritoneum?
Diagnostic laparotomy best
Upright CXR
Diagnostic Ultrasound
Contrast CT of the abdomen & pelvis