April 19, 2014

A focused discussion on the questions, quagmires and known unknowns we face everyday in the emergency department.

Curbside consults with specialists, different takes from ED docs the world over, procedures, product reviews and the down low nitty gritty of emergency medicine. Find us on Google+


How to run a code

Cardiac arrest. It seems so easy. Just follow the algorithm on the reference card, and all cardiac arrest issues will be solved. The truth is that codes can be messy, chaotic and scattered. On this episode of ERcast, we hear from the RAGE podcast  experts on how to take control of the room and run […]

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Acetaminophen vs Ibuprofen. Which works better?

Which is more effective for pain and fever control: Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen? Should a patient in the emergency department with upper GI pain be started on an H2 blocker or a proton pump inhibitor? Special guest Anand ‘The Swami’ Swaminathan from EM Lyceum joins ERCast to explore these and many more medical quagmires.   Direct Download […]

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Superficial Thrombophlebitis and other clotting quagmires

Interview with hematologist Dr. Tom Deloughery about a smattering of clotting quagmires…Superficial Thrombophlebitis, Recurrent Pulmonary Embolism, Calf Vein DVT, Clotted PICC Lines, Starting (loading) dose of warfarin, low molecular weight heparin, widowmaker clots. Direct Download Quandary 1. Recurrent pulmonary embolism Your patient is on warfarin, INR is therapeutic and has another PE. What do you […]


ERCast Hall of Fame

The 4th anniversary of ERcast recognizes some of the luminaries who have helped and inspired me since the show’s inception. Direct Download  


Mind The Gap: Anion gap acidosis

 A step by step approach to uncovering the cause of an elevated anion gap metabolic acidosis. We learn about the MUD PILES, the causes of anion gap acidosis, as medical students. And it gets even further drilled into us in residency. But sorting out a gap acidosis can be real challenge, even with a nifty […]

Each episode of Ercast covers a single issue and tries to tease out all the relevant elements that affect your practice without overstuffing your frontal cortex. It’s for physicians and anyone interested in a bare bones look at emergency care.