ePulse: Highlights of the week 24 April – 1 May 2020

ePulse: Highlights of the week 24 April – 1 May 2020


What a week! COVID is still a big topic among FOAM contributors, although some authors are starting to dive into new topics. This week we share of some of the new as well as some of the golden oldies we found on published sites dedicated to #FOAM.

We also take a look at some of the new features integrated into the V E N T R I C L E desktop interface. You will notice that we have integrated search functionality for videos, content and ER Drugs into the platform that makes it a so much easier to find what you are looking for.

Keep calm and VENTRICLE on!


Life in the fast lane

Check out the CXR cases series for awesome CXR's regarding trauma and more.


Validation of the Canadian Syncope Risk Score


ToxCard: Vaughan-Williams Classification of Anti-Dysrhythmics


Check out these videos regarding splinting techniques in the ER.

Emergency Medicine Cases

COVID-19 Update April 26, 2020


Ventricle started initially as a basic interface to find content that we found clinically relevant in practicing as general emergency physicians in a rural setting with limited resources. My initial contact with FOAM was browsing through the ECG library developed by LIFTL when I was looking at an ECG of a patient with syncope or chest pain to enhance the skill of recognizing a pattern in finding key pathology that might alter the outcome of my patient. Wellens, Brugada, HOCM, Sqarbossa, LBBB and ST Elevation became easier to recognize and initiate treatment plans focusing on the pathology seen in front of me.

As I explored the various posts, I realized that there were a lot more offered by FOAM than just the ECG library that I often opened during my shift. Scott Weingart’s delayed sequence intubation, for instance, became standard practice in my arsenal of tricks to buy time when I would intubate a critically sick patient. ALiEM’s ALiEM Cards become a go to when I needed quick summaries of common conditions and their SplintER series is helping me daily in managing my orthopedic patients with confidence.

The problem that I identified, was that I would often forget where I read the critical information captured within a specific website. So, I started exploring ways in which I could store these links in one place and refer to them when needed. As the project gained momentum, we were able to bring a community of excellent authors together, while gaining great insight in what was posted through reading the data and displaying them in key graphs that was updated as we imported new links into our database.

The New Search Interface

This week we were able to take it a step further and Googalize our platform with the integration of a search interface into our blog posts and main search engine. Using Cookies, users are able to reload the page, returning to their previous search results. We introduced an icon panel that opens quick menus to find websites, reload the engine and navigate the website easier than before.


I developed the search interface with the following filters:

  1. Search Emergency Medicine
    • This functionality is similar to Google as it grabs the title of each of the posts within the search engine when you start typing.
  2. Authors
    • This functionality is to view all the posts by a selected author that you prefer.
  3. Topics
    • Topics are groups of posts related to a specific topic. For example: chest pain will include all posts related to a patient with chest pain and includes dissections, MI’s, pericarditis, pneumonia etc.
  4. Tags
    • Tags are a new feature that is under development and functions like tags within a website.
  5. Categories
    • If you are studying for exams, this becomes a handy feature as you can view posts related to a specific category.
  6. Date Published
    • I added this to view the most recent posts within the FOAM community. Select a date and all posts on that day and the most recent posts after this date will be filtered.
  • Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post is my own and related to my experiences within the Emergency Department.




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