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CRACKCast & Physicians as Humans on CanadiEM

CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. The CanadiEM Podcast brings you cutting edge clinical topics on the National Rounds Series and delves into the struggles that doctors face on the Physicians as Humans Series.

Apr 9, 2018

Core questions:


  • What is the pathophysiology of inspiratory and expiratory stridor?
  • Provide a differential diagnosis for stridor in children (based on location: supraglottic, glottic, subglottic) list at least three in each category.
  • What is the typical presentation of a retropharyngeal abscess?
  • Describe the management of a RPA. What are the typical pathogens?
  • What the typical pathogens in epiglottis? How are these patients managed?
  • Differentiate between croup and other conditions mimicking croup.
  • Contrast mild, moderate, and severe croup.
  • What is the management of croup?
  • Which children with croup require admission to hospital?
  • Management of upper airway FB: Describe the management of an airway obstruction (progresses from partial obstruction to full obstruction to unconscious) in a 6 month old. In a 6 year old?





  • Ddx of stridor (8) (review)
  • List 5 Xray findings of epiglottitis
  • Which infections are associated with croup?
  • How do you handle the CICV scenario?