Category Archive: Critical Care

Mar 01 2014

How to Replace Electrolytes

Electrolyte replacement is one of the first things new interns learn when they start on their inpatient rotations. It is very easy to just order the electrolyte replacement protocol and forget about replacing the electrolyte abnormalities. However, it is important to know what you are ordering and understand how to replace these electrolytes on your …

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Feb 16 2014

Top 10 Books for Internal Medicine Residency

Online medical resources such as UpToDate and Medscape are being used more and more by physicians, residents, and med students. These databases allow clinical information to be looked up at a glance and are very convenient to use. However, in-print resources are still a very important part of medical training and will never be obsolete. …

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Feb 18 2012

Defining Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) and Sepsis Criteria

The body’s response to inflammation and infection has been characterized by the American College of Chest Physicians and Society of Critical Care Medicine. These organizations defined a four step pathway to determine when a body is responding to inflammation and when that inflammation is caused by an infectious organism. This pathway consists of the Systemic …

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Feb 17 2012

Top 10 Clinical Criteria/Scoring Systems for Internists and Medical Students

Clinical scoring systems, clinical criteria, and clinical prediction rules are used widely in medicine and academics. They are used to aid physicians in their clinical decision making and finalizing a diagnosis. Although they should never be used in place of a physician’s sound clinical judgment, they are great clinical tools and methodologies used to organize …

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