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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.

Jul 2, 2018

This episode of CRACKCast covers Chapter 193 in Rosen's Emergency Medicine (9th Ed.) – Weapons of Mass Destruction. Although attacks involving WMD's are relatively uncommon, being thoroughly prepared for these events will prove invaluable for the community affected. Sit tight and listen in to make sure you are ready if the unthinkable should happen.

Core Questions:

1) List 6 potential agents that may be used as weapons of mass destruction.

2) List 6 features of weapons of mass destruction threats that make them unique.

3) Describe 6 signs suggesting biologic weapon deployment.

4) What are recommendations for prevention of in-hospital transmission of contagious agents?

5) Describe the 2 typical presentations of Anthrax. What are typical CXR findings? How is each type of anthrax treated?

6) How is the plague transmitted? What are the 2 typical presentations of the plague? How is each treated?


1) Why are children at higher risk of death from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)?

2) What are components of ED preparedness for chemical weapons of mass destruction?

3) Describe a basis ER protocol for handling radiation exposure / casualties (review).

4) Differentiate between chickenpox and smallpox.

5) How are nerve agents treated (3 drugs)?

6) Describe the clinical effects of mustard gas. How is this treated?