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1 Victor Politi, M.D., FACPMedical Director, SVCMC Division of Allied Health, Physician Assistant Program
2 Specialty Selection Top Ten Leading Causes of Death in the U.S. Heart Disease: 726,974Cancer: 539,577Stroke: 159,791Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: 109,029Accidents: 95,644Pneumonia/Influenza: 86,449Diabetes: 62,636Suicide: 30,535Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, and Nephrosis 25,331Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis: 25,175Why would one choose emergency medicine?Here are the Top Ten leading causes of death in the United States.As you can see from the table, Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke, Pulmonary Disease and Trauma make up the top 5 causes. The patients that we evaluate in the emergency department, typically have these types of disease processes.
3 Appeal of Emergency Medicine Make an immediate differenceLife threatening injuries and illnessesUndifferentiated patient populationChallenge of “anything” coming inEmergency / invasive proceduresSafety net of healthcareThere is no better job than emergency medicine. We work as the detective to determine the cause of the patients complaints. Patients are not admitted to us with pyelonephritis. They present with an undifferentiated complaint such as back pain and fever. We have to investigate the complaint through history and physical exam, as well as labs and radiographs. We have to work through a very large differential.We see anybody and everybody. We have the chance to make the difference in somebody’s health almost every day. We must be prepared to take care of any emergency that arrives at the ED.
4 Appeal of Emergency Medicine Team approachPatient advocacyOpen job marketAcademic opportunitiesShift work / set hoursEvolving specialtyWithin EM, we work through a team approach with other specialties to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient. We must stand firm on what is best for the patient even if our consultants would rather not admit them.We work set hours which allows us to better plan our lives. It allows us more time for our families or interests. We know where our work day ends and our private lives begin.The opportunities within academics are huge. You can work in any setting from a community hospital to a level 1 intercity trauma center.Emergency medicine will continue to grow in the future. There are many avenues that we can improve upon and develop.
6 Downside to Emergency Medicine Interaction with difficult, intoxicated, or violent patientsFinding follow-up or care for uninsuredWork in a “fishbowl” without 20/20 hindsightWorking as a patient advocateAt times, dealing with consultants can be difficult. This is due to the personality of that particular consultant, not the specific specialty.Some patients are under the influence of drugs that cause them to be violent or inappropriate. This should be looked upon as a challenge, not a problemMany patients arrive at the ED without any emergency. Instead they arrive because of convenience for either them or their physician. Although frustrating, it still allows you to practice medicine.There will be times when other specialists look back at your care and determine that it was inappropriate now that they have much more information. Always do the right thing based on what information you have available.
7 Subspecialties in Emergency Medicine Pediatric Emergency MedicineToxicologyEmergency Medical ServicesSports MedicineOne can move onto various areas of sub-specialty from the specialty of Emergency Medicine. These are the four areas in which we can become board certified through fellowship training.
8 Areas of Expertise Toxicology Emergency medical services Mass gatheringsDisaster managementWilderness medicineBeyond the areas of fellowships, there are several areas of expertise within the field of emergency medicine. Many other specialties may consult you about these areas to help manage patients.This can include the care of patients on a helicopter, or at a large gathering such as the Olympics. It might also include the management of multiple injuries at the site of a disaster such as a building collapse.Poisonings and environmental injuries are often managed emergently in the ED. However, the continued resuscitation within the hospital is often better known to us than the physician taking care of the patient.
9 Upcoming Areas of Emergency Medicine Hyperbaric medicineObservation unitsED ultrasoundInternational emergency medicineThe future of EM is limitless. We are branching out into various areas of medicine to include these.
11 Trauma is a major cause of death in young people Trauma is a major cause of death in young people. The cost in human lives and economic terms is tremendous
12 Trauma is the leading cause of death for all age groups under the age of 44 In the US - it is the leading cause of death in children
13 Trauma Statistics 4th leading cause of death of Americans of all ages Nearly 150,000 people of all ages in the US die from trauma each year60 million injuries annually30 million need medical treatment3.6 million need hospitalization
14 Trauma StatisticsImpact of trauma is greatest in children and young adultsTrauma cost the American public over $300 billion annually including lost wages, medical expenses, administrative costs, employer expenseApproximately 40% of health care monies are spent on trauma
15 Trauma StatisticsTraumatic injuries, including unintentional injuries cause -43% of all deaths ages 1 to 449% of all deaths ages 5 to 1464% of all deaths ages 15 to 24
16 Trauma StatisticsLeading cause of accidental death in US - motor vehicle accidentsdrinking is a factor in 49% of these casesFalls -2nd leading cause of accidental death for ages 45 to 75 years and#1 cause of unintentional death for persons age 75 and older
18 Trauma StatisticsDrowning is the 4th most common cause of unintentional injury death for all agesIt ranks 1st for persons age 25 to 44It ranks 2nd for ages 5 to 44
19 Designated Trauma Centers Immediate availability of necessary resourcesDesignated -RegionalAreaLevel ILevel II
20 Tri-modal distribution of Trauma Death First peak: second - minutesbrain injury, high spinal cord, large vessels, cardiac arrestbest treated by preventionSecond peak: minutes - hourssub/epidurals, HTX/PTX, spleen, liver lacbest treated by applying principles of ATLSThird peak: days-weekssepsis, multi-organ failuredirectly correlated to earlier Rx
21 Primary Evaluation Airway maintenance with c-spine control Breathing and ventilationCirculation with hemorrhage controlDisability or neurological statusExposure and environmental control
22 Control the airway with basic maneuvers suctionadminister 100% oxygenhyperventilateprepare to intubateparalyze the patientuse appropriate Rx considering ?elevated ICPintubate, maintaining in-line traction
23 Circulation Control exsanguinating hemorrhage control external bleeding promptlyestablish at least 2 R.L. wide-bore Ivslarge diameter/short length Ivsideally 14 ga. 1 1/4”add pressure bags
24 Shock Classification Class I Class II Class III Class IV percentage loss up to 15%amount of loss up to 750mlClass IIpercentage loss 15-30%amount of loss mlClass IIIpercentage loss 30-40%amount of loss mlClass IVpercentage loss more than 40%amount of loss >200ml
25 Treatment of Hemorrhagic Shock due to trauma Defined as B/P less than 90 systolic in an adultThe treatment of shock should be directed not toward the class of shock but to the response to initial therapy
26 Class III Blood Loss Respond to initial fluid bolus was initial bolus inadequate?is patient experiencing ongoing hemorrhage?As fluids are slowed, patient deterioratesUsually indicates 20-40% blood lossRequires continued fluids, blood productsThe response to blood products dictates speed of surgical intervention
32 Minimal or No Response to Fluid Resuscitation Seen in small percentage of patientsusually dictates need for immediate surgical intervention to control exsanguinating hemorrhagePrepare the ORIf penetrating chest trauma consider cardiac injury
33 gunshot wound left fronto-parietal region entrance wound (close-up)
34 Golden HourThe hemodynamically unstable trauma patient needs only two things …hot lightscold steel
35 Aggressive fluid resuscitation must be initiated not when blood pressure is falling/absent but as soon as the early signs/symptoms of blood loss are suspected
36 Decreasing BP increasing pulse Disorientation - confusionMechanism of injury
40 Universal Donor Type O negative is available immediately used in exsanguinating hemorrhageused in patient with minimal or no response to initial crystalloid fluids bolusRemember -“Give Blood Save A Life”
41 Radiologic Studies C-spine, chest and pelvis x-rays CAT scan or specific x-rays that are indicated based on mechanism of injury and primary exam
42 Right pulmonary contusion, left chest wall defect with lung hernia
43 C-Spine Don’t become distracted by trying to clear the c-spine A properly applied cervical collar never killed anyone!Don’t remove cervical collar until c-spine is clearedcontinue to protect c-spine during treatment
47 Chest Radiograph Rule-out PTX/HTX - need immediate treatment Provides clues as to condition of -heart, lung, parenchyma, mediastinum, great vessels, bronchus, diaphragmAlmost unheard of to have significant chest injury w/o signs of same on CXRCXR are frequently misinterpreted and injuries are frequently overlooked
48 Chest Radiograph Check position of tubes Locate foreign bodies (i.e. bullets)Free air under diaphragm or on lateral means perforated viscusCardiac tamponade
52 Abdominal Trauma CAT scan with contrast utilizes PO and IV contrastMay require NGT for administration of contrastRisk of vomiting and aspirationRisk of allergic reaction to contrastIntubation to protect airway requiring sedationDifficult to obtain CT in unstable patient
54 Pelvic Trauma Evaluate for pelvic, femoral neck, femur fractures Provides clues as to condition of -abdominal viscerabladderPatients can bleed out into thighMules and packers -products in distal colon
55 Ultrasound Dynamic study performed in trauma room no need to move patient to x-ray or CTcan immediately visualize heart, pericardiumcan visualize liver, spleen, kidney lacscan visualize ~ 50 cc blood, fluid in abdomentakes approximately 5 minuteshighly operator dependent
57 Trauma Code: ETA 5 minutes Stick with the basics - remember ABC’sConstantly re-evaluate patient not lab’sDon’t raise your voice - remain calmYou are not alone, consult the expertsdon’t get in over your headTake a step back -What are you missing ?What did you overlook ?