Month: April 2020

Pulmonary embolism!

Does reproducible chest pain rule out PE? How often do patients with COPD exacerbation have a PE? Is there an age-adjustment factor for D-dimer levels?

Febrile infants!

What’s the incidence of serious bacterial infections in kids <3 months-old? How does prematurity affect the rate of neonatal sepsis? Is it helpful to ask about maternal genital HSV infection?

Asthma reloaded!

How do the 2020 GINA guidelines differ from the 2007 NAEPP guidelines in outpatient management of asthma? How can we predict the likelihood of asthma in kids <5 years-old? How many patients use their inhalers correctly?

Asthma!

What’s the NNT for systemic steroids to avoid 1 hospitalization for asthma exacerbations? Are short courses of systemic steroids associated with harm?

Toe walking!

Is toe walking ever normal? How common is it? Is there any evidence for treatment?

Name that rash!

Check out this week’s mystery rash! What is it? What causes it? And how do we treat it?

COPD!

What interventions decrease mortality in COPD management? What is the Anthonisen criteria? Did you know there are COPD action plans?