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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.

Nov 24, 2017

This 129th episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s 9th edition, Chapter 121, Bacteria. Bacterial infections represent a large proportion of presentations to the emergency department. Here we examine some of the most infrequently seen but extremely dangerous bacterial infections that you must be able to recognize. For...

Nov 20, 2017

This episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen's Chapter 120, Thyroid and Adrenal disorders. This episode is going to have a nice breakdown of how each of these major endocrine glands can go haywire and what to do when the storm approaches. The shownotes also have some additional material worth checking out!

Nov 16, 2017

This 127th episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s 9th edition, Chapter 119, Rhabdomyolysis. Although usually benign, rhabdomyolysis can have deadly complications. Acute kidney injury and hyperkalemia are accompanied by high mortality. At-risk patients (see the "MUSCLE Breakdown" mnemonic) may present with muscle pain or...

Nov 13, 2017

Core questions:


  • Define DKA.
  • List 6 potential triggers of DKA.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of DKA. (Fig 118.1)
  • How is DKA managed in children? In adults?
  • What are the epidemiologic risk factors for cerebral edema in DKA?
  • What are signs and symptoms of cerebral edema? How do you manage a pt with DKA and...

Nov 9, 2017

Core questions

  1. What are the five most common causes of hyperkalemia?
  2. Describe the ECG features seen with hyperkalemia. List at least 5.

  3. How is hyperkalemia managed? How does each intervention work, and how long do the effects typically last?

  4. What are the five most common causes of hypokalemia?

  5. Describe the...