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WikEM, The Global Emergency Medicine Wiki, is the world's largest emergency medicine open-access reference resource. Our highly acclaimed content is freely available via the internet and our dedicated mobile applications. If you are a medical practitioner, join our contributor community and share your important knowledge with the world.

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New algorithm app!

You may have noticed algorithm diagrams supplementing various topics on WikEM. They’re part of the WikEM Algorithm Project, a continuing partnership with ddxof.com (differential diagnosis of). The WikEM algorithms are developed to serve as rapid emergency department references for differential diagnosis generation, clinical decision rule application, and critical management steps. They also serve as convenient teaching tools for educators.

You can now freely access all of the over 100 algorithms on your mobile device with the ddxof app. Download it today on the App Store and Google Play.Read more

Negative Pressure Pulmonary Edema
  • Negative-pressure pulmonary edema (NPPE)  occurs after a patient makes strong inspiratory effort against a blocked airway. The negative pressure causes hydrostatic edema that can be life-threatening if not but minimized if treated early, usually resolves after 24-48 hours.
  • Patients have and airway obstructive process either from an allergy, laryngospasm, trauma, and commonly in the case of hangings.
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Tetrodotoxin and the Blue Ringed Octopus

Tetrodotoxin is from the pufferfish, blue octopus and some poisonous frogs. Neurotoxicity results from inhibition of Na-K pumps causing paresthesias and rebound hypersensitivity. Like most poisons in toxicology, the treatment is aggressive supportive care.… Read more