DSI: Ready for prime time?

Our own Dr. Corinne Hohl and resident Dr. John Taylor are featured in this month’s CJEM. They apply a clinical epidemiology lens to Weingart’s latest article on delayed sequence intubation. Read more here: CJEM FirstView



AppThis week, we’re talking about the new ACEP Toxicology Antidote app. It’s available for both iOS and Android.

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This app delivers basic information about indications and dosing for most standard antidotes. It’s very easy to use, allowing for searching or browsing of all the listed antidotes. This would be an exceptional resource for any residents studying for their exam.

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For many of the antidotes, a call to poison control would still be indicated, making the app superfluous. In fact, there is a large button right in the app that calls poison control – but unfortunately, only the American one!

However, it’s easy access to dosing for many standard antidotes. And even though the dosing is American, there is a simple way to add notes, and they integrate easily into the information about each antidote.

And best of all, it’s free! Give it a try.



Welcome to the second edition of APPtitude.

Most of you are probably already familiar with PediStat, another app by QxMD (there is no sponsorship, I promise). This app is the Broselow tape for the 21st century. It is extremely intuitive, and highly useful at the bedside for physicians you work frequently with children, and more importantly for us, those who see them rarely.

The first screen allows you to enter either the patient’s age, weight, Broselow colour or even length.


Then you’re given a short list of categories that make it easy to find the exact drug dosing that you want for your patient. No more calculating and re-calculating doses on the back of a glove!


This is one of the few apps I paid money for. It is currently $3.49 available for iPhone and Android.



New ACLS Guidelines Released

On October 15th, the 2015 Update on ACLS was released. Every 5 years ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) reviews the evidence behind basic and advanced cardiac life support principles and the guidelines are updated. These include algorithms for BCLS, ACLS, and management of MI and stroke.

The full update can be found in the November 3rd edition of Circulation, but the group at BoringEM have put together an infographic summarizing the changes.



New communication tool can improve patient safety for patients taking Chinese herbs

Our own Dr. Kendall Ho supervised a project which has just been written up in the BC Medical Journal and the Vancouver Sun. Students developed a communication tool that patients or physicians can use to reduce the potential for drug interactions with traditional Chinese herbs and medications.

The BCMJ article can be see here:


And the full story can be read here:


The communication tool can be seen here:

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