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Ultrasound for Nailbed Injury

What?!

By Michael Prats, MD on 01/16/17 01:00 AM

Nail bed injuries are common from finger trauma, but we can't be just ripping off everybody's finger nail to see what what was injured. Maybe ultrasound can help? Hey maybe we also can find fractures of the finger tip while we're at it. This paper takes a look to see how accurate ultrasound is in the diagnosis of these injuries! Honestly, most people are probably not removing finger nails just to repair a small laceration these days so you will have to decide for yourself how this might be useful to you.


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TEE in the ED

Feasibility and Impact

By Michael Prats, MD on 01/02/17 01:00 AM

The benefits of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) have been known a long time. It offers more consistent and superior image quality. However, because it is invasive and requires extra training, it has remained in the hands of specialists. Recently, it has been gaining use in the emergency department for special situations in which it has an advantage over transthoracic echo (TTE). This paper examines one department's experience and shows what TEE can offer.


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Ultrasound in Cardiac Arrest

Does it predict survival?

By Michael Prats, MD on 12/19/16 01:00 AM

Ultrasound is used in cardiac arrest commonly. Often times people may stop a resuscitation based on the finding of no sonographic cardiac activity or continue a resuscitation if there are signs of cardiac activity. The question asked here is "really how well does ultrasound predict that this patient will live or die?". This is a high quality study taking a look at this important issue.


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