About Anton Helman

Dr. Anton Helman is an Emergency Physician at North York General in Toronto. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Division of Emergency Medicine and the Education Innovation Lead at the Schwartz-Reisman Emergency Medicine Instititute. He is the founder, editor-in-chief and host of Emergency Medicine Cases.

Ep 185 Atraumatic Dental Emergencies

In this Part 1 of our 2-part podcast series on dental emergencies, with the help of Dr. Chris Nash and Dr. Richard Ngo, we tackle these atraumatic dental emergencies: infections ranging from dental caries to pulpitis and gingivitis to dental abscess, cellulitis and deep space infection, as well as acute necrotizing gingivitis, pericoronitis and dry socket. These all have specific clinical characteristics and require specific management...

EM Quick Hits 50 Normal Unenhanced CT Renal Colic DDx, Perichondritis, Magnesium in Pediatric Asthma, Steroids for Pneumonia, OMI Cath Lab Activation

On this month's EM Quick Hits podcast David Carr on differential diagnosis of normal unenhanced CT renal colic, Leeor Sommer on recognition and management of perichondritis and auricular abscess, Suzanne Schuh on IV magnesium sulphate for pediatric asthma, Jess McLaren on Occlusion MI ECG interpretation requiring cath lab activation and Justin Morgenstern on update on steroids for pneumonia...

Ep 184 Must Know Drug Interactions in Emergency Medicine

We miss potentially dangerous and even lethal drug interactions in EM more often than we realize. In this main episode EM Cases podcast with Dr. David Juurlink and Dr. Walter Himmel we review the common categories of drugs, the high risk patients and the key drug interactions that we need to know about in Emergency Medicine...

EM Quick Hits 49 Stroke Management Update, Intussusception, 5 Penetrating Trauma Tips, Skin Foreign Body Hack, CT Radiation Risk, Emergency Fund

On this month's EM Quick HIts podcast: Anand Swaminathan on EVT for large vessel occlusion strokes, Sarah Reid on picking up intussusception, Andrew Petrosoniak on 5 Penetrating Trauma Tips, Peter Toth on using a slit lamp to manage skin foreign body hack, Nour Khatib and Jonathan Wallace on CT Radiation Risk and Matt Poyner on setting up an emergency fund...

Ep 183 STIs: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and Genital Lesions – HSV, Syphilis and LVG

In this part 2 of our 2-part series on STIs with Dr. Catherine Varner and Dr. Robyn Shafer we answer such questions as: Why should we care about making the diagnosis of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in the ED? What combination of clinical features and lab tests should trigger a presumptive diagnosis and empiric treatment of PID? Which patients with PID require admission to hospital? What are the test characteristics of ultrasound for the diagnosis of PID and for Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome? When and how should we work up  patients for syphilis in the ED? When should we suspect and empirically treat for lymphogranuloma venereum and granuloma inguinale? does an IUD need to be removed in patients with PID? and many more...

Ep 182 STIs: Cervicitis, Vulvovaginitis and Urethritis Emergency Recognition and Management

In this Part 1 or our two-part podcast series on STIs we discuss a general approach to cervicitis, vulvovaginitis and urethritis, elucidate some key historical features, debate who needs a pelvic exam in the ED, understand who needs what testing, debate self swabs vs physician taken swabs, dig into some specific under-recognized organisms like Mycoplasma Genitalium, figure out who needs what kind of empiric treatment, sexual partner treatment and which discharge instructions are key...

EM Quick Hits 48 – FAST in Pediatric Trauma, Multiple Myeloma, Drowning, AKA, Global EM

In this month's EM Quick Hits: Heather Cary on the use and misuse of abdominal FAST in pediatric trauma, Hans Rosenberg and Arleigh McCurdy on the diagnosis and management of Multiple Myeloma in the ED, David Jerome on practice tips for managing the drowning patient, Brit Long and Michael Gottlieb on the diagnosis and management of Alcohol-Induced Ketoacidosis, Navpreet Sahsi on his journey to becoming a humanitarian and global EM doctor...

Ep181 Cerebral Venous Thrombosis, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Giant Cell Arteritis and Peripartum Headaches

In this episode, Dr. Roy Baskind and Dr. Ahmit Shah answer such questions as: when is an opening pressure on LP required? When should we pull the trigger on ordering a CT venogram in the patient with unexplained headache? Which older patients who present with headache require an ESR/CRP? How do the presentations of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) compare and contrast? When is it safe to start steroids in the ED for patients suspected of giant cell arteritis (GCA); will starting steroids affect the accuracy of a temporal artery biopsy? How soon should patients suspected of GCA get a temporal artery biopsy? When should we consider posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) and pituitary apoplexy in the peripartum patient? How should we think about the differential diagnosis of vascular headaches? and many more... 

EM Quick Hits 47 HFNC, Dissection Drugs, ADJUST-UNLIKELY for PE, Antibiotic Course Duration, Skin Glue Hacks, ESP Block, Learner Oversight

In this month's EM Quick Hits podcast: Anand Swaminathan on 3-pronged approach to aortic dissection management, Jonathan Wallace on rural practice tips for glue removal and ESP block for renal colic, Sara Gray on everything you need to know about High Flow Nasal Cannula but were afraid to ask, Maria Ivankovic on reducing the duration of antibiotic therapy for uncomplicated common bacterial infections, Tahara Bhate on handover and learner oversight on QI corner and Kerstin De Wit on the ADJUST-UNLIKELY tool for pulmonary embolism...

Ep 180 Acetaminophen Poisoning – Pitfalls in Assessment and Management

In this main episode podcast we explore a dozen pitfalls in the assessment and management of acetaminophen poisoning. Dr. Emily Austin and Dr. Margaret Thompson answer questions such as: how is massive acetaminophen overdose a totally different toxidrome compared to non-massive overdose? Which patients are the ones that we are most likely to miss and have poor outcomes? What are the common ways in which we misinterpret the Rumack-Matthew nomogram? What are indications for fomepizole and dialysis after acetaminophen poisoning? Is hyperphosphatemia the best predictor of need for liver transplant in acetaminophen poisoning? and many more...

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