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(Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) Regarding common Christmas holiday plants: [yop_poll id="78"]
(Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) A 2yo child is brought in after having taken some of Grandma’s “heart medicine.” Because the pills are kept in an unlabeled box and not their original container, the parents don’t know what the medication was. The child has sinus bradycardia with frequent PVC’s on the ECG, a blood glucose of 90; electrolytes on the i-stat are normal except for a slightly elevated potassium level. [yop_poll id="43"]
(Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) A 14 month old is brought in with lethargy and obtundation. The patient is breathing spontaneously and has stable vital signs. The parents admit that they were having a party with alcohol and recreational drugs present, and the toddler had been walking around. [yop_poll id="36"]
(Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) An 8 year old boy presents after taking 3-4 of grandma’s pills about an hour prior. It is unknown what Grandma takes, but she has “chronic pain, a heart condition, high blood pressure, and sugar problems”. He is altered, but arousable to stimuli and answers questions. He says he took the pills because he was “curious.” His vital signs are: Temp 36.6, HR 49, RR 12, BP 80/40, O2 sat 98% on room air. Physical exam is significant only for miosis, bradycardia, and somewhat weak pulses. Bedside glucose is 100. [yop_poll id="18"]
(Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) Several members of a family present to the cruise ship infirmary of an Alaskan cruise. They just ate a lunch consisting of tuna salad sandwiches. For breakfast they had a buffet of pancakes and waffles, and last night they ate a shellfish feast dinner which included raw oysters, crab, clams, scallops, and fish. For dessert they had ice cream. They have also been visiting the bar onboard. They are all experiencing abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and frequent watery diarrhea. Some have low-grade fever and chills. Which meal most likely caused their symptoms? [yop_poll id="16"]
Jellyfish (Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) [yop_poll id="10"]
A 19yo man presents with his 3rd bout of unremitting nausea and vomiting. He has been admitted twice before and treated with ondansetron and IV fluids. He was noted to take frequent long showers while admitted. (Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) [yop_poll id="8"]
A 19yo man presents with progressively worsening extremity numbness in a glove and stocking distribution and ataxia x 1 month. He has areflexia, weakness, and a wide-based gait on exam. (Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) [yop_poll id="4"]
A 16yo boy just returned from a vacation to the U.S. Virgin Islands. On the flight, he developed abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, which he initially attributed to airsickness. He came straight from the airport to the ED, and now he also complains of lingual and circumoral paresthesias, painful paresthesias of his hands and feet, feeling as though his teeth feel “loose”, and generalized weakness. Another classic symptom of this entity is: A. Urticaria and flushing B. Tachycardia C. Profuse watery diarrhea D. Paralysis E. Temperature reversal Also, if you’re interested in the Peds ID Antibiotics Question of the Week, you can find it here
A 6yo child is brought in after rescue from a housefire. He is unconscious, and has soot in his nares. You perform rapid sequence intubation. Vital signs are: Temp 37.5, HR 120, BP 68/40, O2 saturation 100%. You note a cherry red color to his skin. What is the antidote most indicated? A. Methylene blue B. 2-PAM C. Hydroxocobalamin D. Sodium bicarbonate E. Naloxone
All of the following preclude expectant outpatient management in the case of an ingested button battery found by imaging to be in the stomach except: A. Co-ingestion of a magnet B. Child complains of abdominal pain C. Child has history of constipation D. Battery is > 15mm diameter and has been present > 4 days in a child < 6 years old E. N/A; ingested batteries should always be endoscopically removed

Tips and Tricks

Hyperemesis due to cannabis use is on the rise, particularly in areas with marijuana legalization. While classically it is seen in chronic, daily users, affected patients sometimes have been using cannabis for less than a year, and may be using it as infrequently as once a week. Patients present with bouts of severe nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. A classic symptom is relief with hot showers (due to activation of the TRPV1 receptors). Symptom relief in the ED involves fluid rehydration and ondansetron (although this often no longer works for the patient after multiple bouts). There are also many reports of successful resolution of acute symptoms with benzodiazepines, haloperidol, and topical capsaicin. Curative treatment involves convincing the patient to stop cannabis use. Therein lies the tip, which I just learned from a colleague – a good way to help the patient understand is to tell them they suffer from an “allergy” to marijuana– while some people may be able to use marijuana chronically, they cannot, as it will cause these symptoms. Cessation of cannabis use can result in symptom relief as soon as 12-24 hours but sometimes not for as long as 3 weeks. So let them know how long that “allergic reaction” can continue!
Use the PATCH mnemonic to remember transdermal medications Child with unusual symptoms, potential toxidrome? Look all over their body for a medication patch. Many are transparent or look like bandaids. P   Pain (fentanyl, lidocaine) A   Anti-cholinergic (scopolamine) T   Tobacco (nicotine) C   Clonidine H   Hormones (estrogen, testosterone)

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