FOAM goodness at its finest. Here are a few links to some amazing sites loaded with amazing information for prehospital or brick and mortar critical care/ emergency providers!
Emcrit is an outstanding source for EM education. Scott Weingart has an amazing podcast and blog. Podcasts are put out on a regular basis. He’s the man who coined the phrase Upstairs Care Down Stairs. Check it out.
Life in the Fast Line– wow this is awesome! If you want to keep up on lit and you aren’t one for reading journals, this is for you. So what Chris Nixon does is fabulous. He and his crew sift though published papers and review them. The papers are relevant to practice today. The ECG (EKG for us Americans) Library is another great resource! Studying for boards check out the EXAMS tab!
The SGEM (skeptics guide to emergency medicine)- talk about turing EM on its head. The podcast and blog are great for that, and they have some interesting musical intros. So if you are looking for current practice, this is the place to come. Be advised some of the content may be beyond the archaic thinking of the dinosaurs you are working with.
Ever wonder how DKA should be treated? This is a good place to figure it out. The contributors to this blog do an outstanding job of bringing you up to date. They also host the REBEL Cast which is an excellent listen on your ride into work!
Brian Ericson has one of the most informative blogs and podcasts out there that is geared to nurses specifically! It’s like nursing information derived from the heavens. Yes finally! His content is strong of EBP and it’s relevant to the ED nurse. This isn’t the stuff you find on healthstream!
A few years ago I came across a podcast. It wasn’t just any podcast, it was EMCrit. The one and only Scott Weingart. For those of you who have never heard of EMCrit or Weingart I would encourage you to leave this site right now by clicking here, but please come back at some point.
During this podcast he talked about bringing upstairs care downstairs and the turf war between upstairs and downstairs. It really is an outstanding concept. In case you need a little clarification the upstairs care refers to the intensive care/ critical care areas, while the downstairs care is the emergency department. Take a listen to his words from episode 100.
That talk totally spoke to me as an ED/ER nurse. I’ve been in that uncomfortable state of limbo, when you know your patient needs interventions, but there isn’t a bed upstairs. Its the worst feeling. Weingart saw an opportunity, he did a fellowship in upstairs care and has evolved his practice. As nurses we really don’t have that opportunity. We can’t just go somewhere to learn some amazing skills set and bring that knowledge back to the ED, but I can only imagine the benefit it would bring to our patients if we did.
My plan for this blog and future podcast is to provide FOAM or FOANed to nurses in the hospital and pre hospital that focuses on emergency medicine and critical care. From my own experience I know that I did’t always get the type of continuing ed that I wanted in the workplace, but thankfully I came across some great podcasts and blogs that really gave me up to date information which I feel helped be become a better nurse.
I became a nurse to help people and learn, I didn’t become a nurse to just mindfully task nurse and check off assigned e learning!