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Emergency Medicine Mnemonics

Emergency Medicine Mnemonics Kendrick Extrication Device (K.E.D.): order of placing straps "My Baby ooks !ot "onig#t": Middle Bottom egs !ead "op $ %ote: K.E.D. is a device &sed to extract patients o&t of a cras#ed car or similar tig#t space. 'ei(&re: )&ick #istory taking *+,": *oc&s: generali(ed vs. local activity +ctivity: tonic-clonic vs. absence ,olor: red. bl&e. as#en--possible indicator of #ypoxia "ime: lengt# of sei(&re +st#ma ac&te attack: / life t#reatening signs '!0,K: 'ilent c#est !ypotension 0ne t#ird of best1predicted 2*3 ,yanosis Konf&sion *its: ca&ses !04+3D: !ypertension 0besity 4arfarin +lco#ol 3etardation Dr&gs Blacko&t1collapse: ca&ses "!E 5E'2+ M,: "6+ !ypoglycemia Epilepsy 5asovagal

barbit&rates.1*i0. differential of ca&ses $ : '8s: '&ds (Et0!) '&icide 'leep 'ei(&re '&gar 'troke (bleed) 't&pidity +3D': diagnostic criteria +3D': +c&te onset 3atio (2a0.ollision (M5. etc) 'moke. morp#ine. $ 9 or more positive "8s s&ggests venomo&s bite.+3D'A !02E 6"' %0" +3D': .<< Diff&se infiltration '=an->an( 4edge press&re less t#an ?@ mm!g +3D': f&ll differential .Epilepsy 'it&ation 2post&ral #ypotension1 2E +rrt#ymia1 +ortic stenosis(!0.) less t#an . toxic gas in#alation !ypotension.%' disorders +spiration (gastric) 3adiation Dr&gs (#eroin.M) Myocardial infarction . Motor 5e#icle . s#ock 0xygen toxicity .): 'ingle ve#icle M5.arotid sin&s #ypersensitivity 'nakebite scoring system $ 7 "8s: "oot#less "-s#irt "attooed "railer park "estosterone "e)&ila (Et0!) $ 0ne point for eac# positive.

sepsis "ransf&sion reaction '&rgery (esp. clammy skin !ypotension 0lig&ria 2) .oma: differential C%.2ancreatitis Emboli 6nfection.02D .arcinoma .60C': Cnits of ins&lin %arcotics . ' E 2ne&mot#orax: ca&ses '6". 9 .0%'.onv&lsions 0xygen %onorganic 'troke .old.ocktail 6.ystic fibrosis . 9 +8s.!03D 6"EM: .8s: 'pontaneo&s (often tall t#in men) 6atrogenic "ra&ma +st#ma +lveolitis +6D' . !E "#ermal inB&ries1 b&rns +ltit&de sickness 3enal fail&re D6.2 0rganism Crea '#ock '#ock: general feat&res . cardiac) %ear dro=ning 0bstetrical emergencies (eg eclampsia.

3+2: .8s: "#ree .ations (%a.arbon monoxide poisoning 'ei(&res: differential '6. Mg) Kids (ecclampsia) Dr&gs (. s&bd&ral.2) 3&m (alc#o#ol =it#dra=l) 6llnesses (c#ronic sei(&re disorder or ot#er c#ronic disorder) *ever (meningitis. abscess) "ra&ma (epid&ral. oxygen) 6sonia(id overdose . intraparync#ymal #emorr#age) Extra: toxocologic ("+6 : "#eo.) DK+. +ntidepressant overdose. +nap#ylaxis. . 6sonia(id. 3&m (alco#ol). 2E. tegretol) or ben(o =it#dra=l. +mp#etamines. conf&sion 6rritability "ac#ycardia Elevated or red&ced central veno&s press&re M&lti-organ damage '#ortness of breat#: s#ort differential ++++ 2222: +ir=ay obstr&ction +ngina +nxiety +st#ma 2ne&monia 2ne&mot#orax 2&lmonary Edema 2&lmonary Embol&s Dyspnea: differential 9+8s: "#ree +ir=ays: +ir=ay obstr&ction.ardiacs: . +st#ma 928s: "#ree 2&lmonary8s: 2ne&mot#orax. 3at poison (organop#ospates poisoning) .ardiac tamponade 9M8s: "#ree Metabolics: (D0. s#allo= breat#ing Dro=siness.2.ardiogenic p&lmonary edema. +'+.3apid. . encep#alitis. 2&lmonary edema 9.ardiac isc#emia.ocaine. . 0rganop#osp#ates.a. it#i&m) and 9 +nti8s: (+nti#istamine overdose. +nticonv&lsants (too #ig# dilanitin. .K D36*"E3: '&bstrates (s&gar.

D: +ge greater t#an 7< Blood &rea greater t#an : mmol1l .erebral malaria1 . or more of t#ese criteria are met.lot b&sters (t#romboytics) Dynamite (nitrates) Malaria: complications of falcipar&m malaria .onf&sion Diastolic B2 less t#an 7< mm!g $!ospitalise t#e pne&monia patient if . Myocardial infarction: some emergency treatment dr&gs +B.oma !ypoglycemia +naemia 2&lmonary edema actic acidosis 6nfections %ecrosis of renal t&b&les (+"%) M6: immediate treatment D0>+'!: Diamorp#ine 0xygen >"% spray +spirin 9<<mg 'treptokinase !eparin 2ain #istory c#ecklist 0 DE3 '++B: 0nset ocation Description (=#at does it feel like) Exacerbating factors 3adiation 'everity +ssociated symptoms +lleviating factors .!+2 6%: .D: +spirin Beta blockers .2ne&monia: #ospitalisation criteria +B.

rotational etc. motorcycle (start D speed E?<mp#) Medical #istory (cardiac.) +&to vs. rollover. eit#er.better for yo&ng.ardiac tamponade !ypovolemia1 !ypot#ermia1 !ypo-. '): etiology 6". liver. prego) 'peed (E/< mp#A) . obese. imm&no. ' as of . !yperkalemia1 !ypomagnesmia1 !ypoxemia 2&lmonary embolism +cidosis Dr&g overdose "ra&ma: motor ve#icle accident considerations 6 +M '. t-bone. inc#esA) +ge (F/ or E// y.Before (ever experience t#is before) 2&lseless Electrical +ctivity (2E+): c#ecklist 2E+: 2&lses c#eck Epinep#erine +tropine 2E+1+systole (+./x greater deat#.ompartment intr&sion (E?. pedestrian. same ve#icle.o.<min) Deat# (at scene. #ealt#y or persistent) Mg'0I (66b for #ypomagnesemic state or torsades) 2rocainamide (66b for intermittent1rec&rrent 5*15") +systole: treatment "!ave some asystole ""E+": "ransc&taneo&s pacing Epinefrin +tropine . bike. airbag. ot#er) 5-fib1p&lseless v-tac# (ne= +. coag&lolation.+3ED: 6mpact (#ead-on. infant or c#ild seatA) EBection1 Extrication (eBectH.<<?) "E5+ My 2&mper": Epinep#rine 5asopressin +miodarone (class 66b--better for #eart fail&re) idocaine (indeterminate . rear-end.!2+D: 6nfarction "ension pne&mot#orax .A) 3estraints (lap G s#o&lder. extrE.

obstr&ction. '5. and #ave necessity to administer res&scitative meds. etc). bare bone version is + E.%' ca&ses incl&de !E+D: !ypoxia1 !ypoglycemia Epilepsy +nxiety Dysf&nctional brain stem (basivertebral "6+) $ . as above. 3!*.J52: raised J52 differential 2K3'" (EK> =aves): 2ericardial eff&sion K&antity of fl&id raised (fl&id over load) 3ig#t #eart fail&re '&perior vena caval obstr&ction "ric&spid stenosis1 "ric&spid reg&rgitation1 "amponade (cardiac) J52: raised J52: extra-cardiac ca&ses *+" 2E+: *ever +naemia "#yrotoxicosis 2regnancy Exercise +-5 fist&la $ "#ese are in addition to all t#e cardiac ones (pericardial eff&sion. 'yncope ca&ses. by system !E+D !E+3" 5E''E ': $ . $ +lternatively. $ Dr&g delivery is en#anced if dil&ted =it# ?<cc %' and rapid introd&ced for aeresoli(ation. tric&spid stenosis. Endotrac#ial t&be deliverable dr&gs 0 %+5E : 0xygen %aloxone +tropine 5entolin (alb&terol) Epinep#rine idocaine $ 6f yo& can8t get 65 access establis#ed. remember yo& #ave t#e air=ay and can give t#e above dr&gs.ardiac ca&ses are !E+3": .

!eart attack Embolism (2E) +ortic obstr&ction (6!''. anemia. ane&rysm.+B>) 6sc#emia +trial enlargement one or idiopat#ic *ever. #ig#-o&tp&t states 6nfarct Bad valves (mitral stenosis) 'tim&lants (cocaine.) +lco#ol "ra&ma (cardiac cont&sion) 3ecent s&rgery (post . abscess) 'pinal cord syndromes 'omatoform (conversion reaction) 'clerosis (M') 'ome migraines *6B': . caffeine) %e&rological focal deficits ?< '8s: '&gar (#ypo. diabetic vasc&lar ne&ropat#y) 'ensitive carotid sin&s +trial fibrillation: ca&ses of ne= onset "!E +"36+ "#yroid !ypot#ermia Embolism (2. avm. +' or myxoma) 3#yt#m dist&rbance. #yper) 'troke 'ei(&re ("odd8s paralysis) '&bd&ral #ematoma '&barac#noid #emorr#age 'pace occ&pying lesion (t&mor.E. ventric&lar "ac#ycardia $ 5asc&lar ca&ses are 5E''E ': 5asovagal Ectopic (reminds one of #ypovolemia) 'it&ational '&bclavian steal E%" (glossop#aryngeal ne&ralgia) o= systemic vasc&lar resistance (+ddison8s. amp#et. t#eo.

onv&lsing .omatose .am2: . clitocybe) Eye drops Meningicoccal meningitis: complications '+D 3E2: 'epsis1 '#ock1 '&bd&ral eff&sion +taxia1 +bscess (brain) D6.yanide !ydrocarbons Et#anol Metals 6ron .a&stics +ir=ay &nprotected it#i&m .1 Deafness 3etardation Epilepsy 2aralysis +ctivated c#arcoal: contraindications .+Mp#or 2otassi&m 6pecac: contraindications I .23 0% ' 6ME: .!EM6.lonidine 2#enot#ia(ines 3esting (deep sleep) 0piates %arcotics 'troke (pontine #emorr#age) omotil (dip#enoxylate) 6nsecticides M&s#rooms1 M&scarinic (inocybe.+ .8s: .orrosive #ydro.arbon 0rganop#osp#ates poisoning: symptoms DCMBBE ': Diarr#ea Crination .Miosis: ca&ses of pin-point p&pils .

ittle '#ock. +poplexy: stroke. %aL. Everybody '#ock. 2oppa '#ock": '#ockH Defibrillate EverybodyH Epinep#ine ittleH idocaine BigH Bretyli&m MommaH Mg'0I 2oppaH 2rocainamide *all: potential ca&ses 685E *+ 6llness 5estib&lar Environmental *eet1 *oot=ear E%: . ins&lin.oma and signicantly red&ced conscio&s state ca&ses: ca&ses . paracetamol.ostoc#ondritis1 . extrad&ral. and .#est pain: differential .ocaine ab&se !erpes (oster1 !yperventilation Esop#agitis1 Esop#ageal spasm 'tenosis (+') "ra&ma 2E1 2ne&monia1 2ne&mot#orax1 2ericarditis1 2ancreatitis +ngina1 +ortic dissection1 +ortic aner&sym 6nfarction1 65 disk disease %e&ropsyc#iatric disorders (e.!E'" 2+6%: . etc.+s. s&bd&ral. Et0!. etc. Ben(os.Miosis Bradycardia Bronc#ospasm Emesis acrimation 'alivation .osta8s) 5entric&lar fibrillation: treatment "'#ock.L. Mg.0 excess 0verdose: ". cerebral abscess.g. depression. Metabolic: B' . '#ock.0. encep#alitis. Da .a. . '+!. '#ock. Big '#ock. . &rea. meningitis. ammonia. Momma '#ock. etc. KL.0M+: .

B0M E: Breat#e (as yo& ascend) 0r Mo&r &ng Explodes $ Breat#e as yo& ascend after sc&ba diving.+lco#ol and dr&gs o= blood press&re o= 0. so t#e gas vol&me in l&ngs increases. Cnconcio&sness: differential *6'! '!+2ED: *ainted 6llness1 6nfantile febrile conv&lsions '#ock !ead inB&ries 'troke (.5E) !eart problems +sp#xia 2oisons Epilepsy . since t#e press&re decreases on s&rfacing.yst (ovarian) 6BD "orsion (ovary) 6rritable Bo=el 'yndrome 'tones Decompression sickness Boyle8s la=: vol&me of gas is inversely proportionate to its press&re. states Ears1 Eyes %e&ropat#y 3 K pain: differential +22E%D6. $ "#erefore.6"6': +ppendicitis1 +bscess 26D1 2eriod 2ancreatitis Ectopic1 Endometriosis %eoplasia Divertic&litis 6nt&ss&sception .ro#ns Disease1 .

rig#t mainstem. etc 0bstr&cted: secretions. 0.Diabetes Endotrac#eal t&be: tro&bles#ooting D02EM: Displaced: esop#ag&s.C psyc#osis . blood. 5eno&s: gain large bore veno&s access EK>: ?.ardiac o&tp&t lo= O#ypotension.C conf&sion ca&ses 6.C . post cardiac arrestP Cncontrolled temperat&re O#ypo1#ypert#ermiaP . back of t#roat.oma: conditions to excl&de as ca&se M6D+': Meningitis 6ntoxication Diabetes +ir (respiratory fail&re) . tec#ni)&e: missing somet#ingA 0rganop#osp#ates poisoning symptoms M6 E': Miosis 6ncreased &rinary fre)&ency acrimation En&resis 'alivation .0%*C'60%: 6. lead EK> 6. for n&rses "M05E yo&r patientN": Monitor: p&t patient on cardiac monitor 0xygen: p&t patient on 0. #ypercarbiaP %ociception OpainP *&ll bladder Cremia '&gar O#ypo1#yperglycemiaP 6nfection 0piates %atremia O#ypo1#yperP . monitor Mo&: yo&r approac#.#est pain treatment. B5M. etc 2ne&mot#orax E)&ipment: malf&nctions.. kink. ventilator. m&c&s pl&g. E"".onv&lsion Opost ictalP 0xygen O#ypoxia.

oma ca&ses c#ecklist +E60C "62': +cidosis1 +lco#ol Epilepsy 6nfection 0verdosed Cremia "ra&ma to #ead 6ns&lin: too little or or too m&c# 2ysc#osis episode 'troke occ&rred '#ock: types 3% .!+M2': 3espiratory %e&rogenic ittle Boy M&st ../mg1kg) Bicarbonate >l&cose and ins&lin 65 *l&ids and cooling blanket *l&id o&tp&t monitoring1 *&rosemide1 *ast #eart Otac#ycardiaP 5fib15tac# dr&gs &sed according to +.DE: +ir=ay Breat#ing .irc&lation Dr&gs Environment Malignant #ypert#ermia treatment "'ome !ot D&de Better >ive 6ced *l&ids *astN" (!ot d&de H #ypot#ermia): 'top triggering agents !yperventilate1 !&ndred percent oxygen Dantrolene (.'&bd&ral1 '&barac#noid #emorr#age 3es&scitation: basic steps +B. ' "Every 2ray": Epinep#rine idocaine Bretyli&m Mags&lfate 2rocainamide .

CBE: "#irst 5omiting '=eating 2&lse =eak +nxio&s 3espirations s#allo=1rapid . .erebrovasc&lar ocomotor (skeletal.ardiovasc&lar1 . vis&al problems) 2syc#ological1 2syc#iatric (depression) +c&te illness Dementia Epilepsy +c&te 5* management M%02: asex (fr&semide) Morp#ine (diamorp#ine) %itrates 0xygen (sit patient &p) 2&lmonary ventilation (if doing badly) '&barac#noid #emorr#age ('+!) ca&ses B+"': . decreased reaction time) Dr&gs (esp.3+M2'" '#ock: signs and symptoms "5 '2+3. m&sc&lar. .. ne&rological) +geing (increased body s=ay.yanotic Cnconscio&s B2 lo= Eyes blank *all: potential ca&ses .!.ool . antipsyc#otics) Environmental 'ensory deficits (eg.. or "%! . +DE '2+DE: . anti#ypertensives. '%+2".ardiogenic !emorr#agic +nap#ylactic Metabolic 2syc#ogenic 'eptic $ +lternatively: "M3.

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