NursEM - Nursing in Emergency

NursEM - Nursing in Emergency
Current conversations and evidence-based practice issues related to Emergency Nursing.

59 - COVID Chat with an Infectious Disease Specialist
Jun 1 • 42 min
This month we talk to Dr. Robert Reynolds a ‘friendly-neighbourhood’ infectious disease specialist about COVID. A mish mash of questions and thoughts for our little conversation.,
58 - A Collective 102 Years of Service Have a Chat
May 1 • 36 min
Join Landon, Monique and Dr. Bob Anthony who combined have 102 Years of Emergency Medicine/Nursing Practice. We have a chat about what’s changed and how COVID-19 has caused lots of us to pause and reflect on our situation. And for those interested,…
57 - Anticoagulants and Reversal with Dr. Shih
Apr 1 • 46 min
This month we talk with Dr. Andrew Shih, your friendly neighbourhood hematologist (back by popular demand) about anticoagulants and how to reverse them in bleeding.
56 - Agitation and Behaviour Control with Dr. Gary Andolfatto
Mar 1 • 36 min
This month we welcome back our special guest Dr. Gary Andolfatto to talk about behavioural and agitation control using multiple medications…and of course…ketamine!
55 - Vasopressors! FINALLY!
Feb 1 • 45 min
Our most requested topic! This month we talk about vasopressors in detail and which ones to use when.
54 - “Crystal” Clear - GOUT!
Jan 1 • 21 min
This month we talk about gout - what is it? Different types? Who knew? Now you will!
53 - When to Tranfuse? Blood Management with Your Friendly Neighbourhood Transfusion Specialist…
Dec 1, 2019 • 49 min
This month we talk again with everyone’s favourite transfusion specialist about when to transfuse. Lower hemoglobin levels are well tolerated and learn about what we might be doing to even cause anemia!
52 - TXA, MTP, Calcium, Oh My! A chat with your friendly Transfusion Medicine Specialist
Nov 1, 2019 • 42 min
A big chat about blood transfusion with your friendly neighbourhood transfusion medicine specialist.
51 - Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis
Oct 1, 2019 • 27 min
A chat about pancreatitis.
50 - Pain Scales, Pain at Triage…and Our Opinions!
Sep 1, 2019 • 26 min
Pain scale use and our opinions on using them at triage…
49 - Does this all matter? A quick chat with Allan and Rob…
Aug 1, 2019 • 10 min
A chat about the importance of nursing podcasting and tweeting with Allan and Rob from ResusTonight
48 - Take two of these and call me in the morning…
Jul 1, 2019 • 30 min
A talk about various non-opioid analgesics
47 - NOACs - Non-Vitamin-K Oral Anticoagulants
Jan 1, 2019 • 23 min
A discussion about the NOAC medication class.
45 - The ‘Ball’ is in your Court - Testicular Problems
Nov 1, 2018 • 34 min
This month we look at the male problems!
44 - On the Basis of Sex - Ovarian Cysts
Oct 1, 2018 • 23 min
This month we have a discussion about ovarian cysts…what they are, causes, treatments.
43 - A Bleeding High - Synthetic Cannabinoids and Bleeding
Sep 1, 2018 • 15 min
This month we talk about a phenomenon whereby ‘legal’ synthetic cannabinoids have been causing coagulation disorders in unsuspecting patients.
42 - Part 2 - Special Guest Dr. Gary Andolfatto - A Chat About Ketamine
Aug 1, 2018 • 34 min
Our first ever Guest Speaker! Dr. Gary Aldolfatto, a well-known Ketamine researcher, talks to us about everything we ever wanted to know about Ketamine.
42 - Part 1 - Special Guest Dr. Gary Andolfatto - A Chat About Ketamine
Jul 1, 2018 • 33 min
Our first ever Guest Speaker! Dr. Gary Aldolfatto, a well-known Ketamine researcher, talks to us about everything we ever wanted to know about Ketamine.
41 - ED Physicians are from Mars and ED Nurses are from Venus?
Jun 1, 2018 • 41 min
An evidence-based interesting conversation about the physician-nurse communication relationship that also gets into male-male vs male-female vs female-female communication despite profession.
40 - Cognitive Bias
May 1, 2018 • 34 min
This month we have a chat about bias (of course…not our own…) and how to deal with some of them! Its a big patient safety issue!
39 - Group A Streptococcus
Apr 1, 2018 • 30 min
We discuss Group A (and B) Strep and why it should always be on your radar in the ED.
38 - Not All Overdoses are Heroin
Mar 1, 2018 • 35 min
This month we talk about Tri-Cyclic Antidepressant Overdose.
37 - Playing by the (Clinical Decision) Rules
Feb 1, 2018 • 25 min
This month we talk about diagnostic testing and the use of clinical predictor rules in our practice…are we overusing diagnostic tests?
36 - Stoked About Strokes
Jan 1, 2018 • 31 min
Current tidbits about stroke care and some cool Canadian research that is leading the way!
35 - Sore Throat - Strep and Mono
Dec 1, 2017 • 21 min
This month we talk about strep throat, mono and when people need antibiotics and more importantly when they don’t! Like our podcast? Help support us by buying us a cup of coffee at
34 - Bottom of the Food Chain
Nov 1, 2017 • 18 min
This month we discuss upper GI issues - Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. Like our podcast? Help support us by buying us a cup of coffee at
33 - Top of the Food Chain
Oct 1, 2017 • 26 min
This month we discuss upper GI issues - gastritis, peptic ulcer disease and GERD. Like our podcast? Help support us by buying us a cup of coffee at
32 - Baby It Is Cold Outside!
Sep 1, 2017 • 18 min
This month we look at frostbite! Like our podcast? Buy us a cup of coffee at
31 - A Horse’s Tail - Cauda Equina Syndrome
Aug 1, 2017 • 26 min
A little look at this neurological condition that can present with the common complaint of back pain.
30 - Rejection Hurts
Jul 1, 2017 • 16 min
A talk about anti-rejection medications and organ donation.
29 - Battle of the Sexes
Jun 1, 2017 • 34 min
We talk about some conditions and diseases predominant to one sex over the other.
28 - No Pain No Gain
May 1, 2017 • 26 min
Let’s talk about opioid use in the Emrgency Department.
27 - To Wheeze or Not to Wheeze
Apr 1, 2017 • 30 min
Building on last month’s episode, we talk about Asthma!
26 - Breathe Right
Mar 1, 2017 • 35 min
In the end…a discussion about spirometry and peak flows…but to get there…a discussion about everything oxygenation and ventilation!
25 - SOFA so Good…
Feb 1, 2017 • 21 min
Come and have a seat on our ‘qSOFA’ and talk about Sepsis 3.0 this month.
24 - Clotting Made Bloody Easy!
Jan 1, 2017 • 29 min
This month we respond to a challenge from a listener to simplify the clotting cascade. At the 15-minute mark, we mix up the extrinsic and intrinsic pathways! Oops…so to be clear - the extrinsic pathway is 3+7=10 and intrinsic pathway is the TENET…
23 - Do You See What I See? The Eye Exam…
Dec 1, 2016 • 23 min
This month we talk about teh components of the complete eye exam…including the proper way to do a visual acuity.
22 - The Lows and Highs of Headaches
Nov 1, 2016 • 15 min
Join us this month for a talk about low and high pressure headaches.
21 - Mumps, Chicken Pox and Zika
Oct 1, 2016 • 43 min
This month we talk about a few communicable diseases, vaccines and spend a few minutes on Zika.
20 - Ectopic, Rh Factor and Methotrexate
Sep 1, 2016 • 25 min
THis month we touch on ectopic pregnancy, Rh Factor and treatment using Methotrexate.
19 - Narcan
Aug 1, 2016 • 36 min
Everyone is getting Narcan - users, friends, bystanders, fire departments, ambulance services…so why? What does it do? nd what’s changed with using it and some of the newer drugs out there?
18 - Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)
Jul 1, 2016 • 19 min
Do you know what the ABI is? Have you done one? Have you done is correctly and do you know what it all means? Listen this month to learn all about it…and Monique’s learns the difference between some anatomy as well!
17 - English - ‘C’ Reactive Protein (CRP)
Jun 1, 2016 • 20 min
Is this test making a comeback? Is it useful in all cases or only certain ones? Let’s chat about it…
16 - English - Autonomic Dysreflexia
May 1, 2016 • 28 min
This month we talk about a condition that can affect spinal cord injured patients and the simple treatments for this potentially life threatening condition.
15 - English - BNP
Apr 1, 2016 • 14 min
What is the BNP? When would we use it? …and when wouldn’t we?
14 - Français - Sclérose en plaque et neuromyélite optique
Mar 1, 2016 • 23 min
Ce mois-ci, nous parlons de la sclérose en plaques (SP) et une condition appelée neuromyélite optique (NMO) … écouter pour en savoir plus!
14 - English - Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica
Mar 1, 2016 • 19 min
This month we talk about multiple sclerosis (MS) and a condition called neuromyelitis optica (NMO)…listen to learn more!
13 - English - Congestive Heart Failure
Feb 1, 2016 • 14 min
Happy Heart Month! A quick review and chat about new treatment options for CHF.
13 - Français - L’insuffisance cardiaque
Feb 1, 2016 • 17 min
Joyeux mois du coeur! Un examen rapide et une discussion a propos de nouvelles options de traitement pour l’insuffisance cardiaque.
12 - HIV in 2016
Jan 1, 2016 • 28 min
A quick review of HIV/AIDS and some of the current trends in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
11 - Understanding Hyponatremia
Dec 1, 2015 • 31 min
Do you ‘get’ hyponatremia? We didn’t really either…so we looked into it and here’s the basics on what it is and how it is treated. You can really make people worse treating is incorrectly so make sure you listen to this podcast!
10 - The ‘Pee’ Value
Nov 1, 2015 • 30 min
Is it cloudy, clear or something in between? Join us this month as we talk about pee! From the ‘look’ to the dip to the microscope…what does it all mean?
09 - The Wacky World of Weed
Oct 1, 2015 • 21 min
As marijuana use become legalized, decriminalized, used in medicine and recreationally in various jurisdictions around the world, we take a look at two cases that presented with conditions that may not have appeared as obvious on initial presentation. …
08 - Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphate
Sep 1, 2015 • 25 min
Ever wondered why we measure these? And why on some patients and not others? This month we nerd-out on these three electrolytes.
07 - Français - L’anaphylaxie
Aug 1, 2015 • 15 min
07 - Anaphylaxis
Aug 1, 2015 • 25 min
In our experience most ED nurses and paramedics think of anaphylaxis as someone’s airway closing…did you know that it is much more than that? Learn with us this month and we learn it ourselves!
06 - Remember IM Injections?
Jul 1, 2015 • 21 min
Most of us haven’t had a good in-depth evidence-based review of IM Injections since Nursing school…which for Monique and Landon was a looooong time ago!
05 - C-Spine Collars - Curse or Cure?
Jun 1, 2015 • 15 min
In this episode we discuss the use of routine C-Spine immobilization with rigid cervical collars and some of the research that talks about the fact that they may be doing more harm than good.
04 - Francais - Le dilemme D-dimère
May 1, 2015 • 13 min
Dans cet épisode, nous discutons du test D-dimère et pourquoi il ne doit pas être prescrit sans bonne raison!
04 - English - D-Dimer Dilemma
May 1, 2015 • 11 min
In this episode we discuss what the D-Dimer is and why we shouldn’t be ordering them willy-nilly!
03 - Triaging vs Assigning CTAS
Apr 1, 2015 • 23 min
In this episode we discuss triage, CTAS and some of the barriers that we find ourselves faced with. Is triage even necessary? Are WE the barrier to patient flow?
02 - Concussion Management
Mar 1, 2015 • 21 min
We discuss current concussion recognition, diagnosis, treatment and return to activity recommendations.
01 - ACLS/BLS 2015 Draft Guidelines Discussion
Feb 1, 2015 • 21 min
We discuss some of the DRAFT 2015 guidelines currently open for public viewing and comment on the ILCOR website.