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I completed my medical school and background EM training from India (Christian Medical College, Vellore and Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad) where I worked for 4 years. Following this, I devoted (with all my heart) about 1.5 years to do US Medical Licensing Exams. My stint towards an EM Residency in States did not work but it took me to places and it has been quite a journey. I then relocated to London, England to work as a Registrar (Non-Trainee) in A&E. This gave me an opportunity to better understand NHS, EM training pathways and more importantly the EM Mindsets in the United Kingdom. 

Currently, I am pursuing Higher Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine at South East Scotland Deanery where I have the honour and privilege of training under some of the most innovative brains in the field of Emergency Medicine. Over the past few years, I have realised that LEARNING and UNLEARNING (which can be challenging!) is equally important to deliver cutting edge care to our patients.And through this blog, I aspire to disseminate knowledge, assist trainees with exams and stay up to date with contemporary EM literature. I have always been an avid FOAMed supporter because FOAMed has always played an indispensable role during my training. 

Lakshay Chanana
ST4 EM Trainee 
Edinburgh, Scotland

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Anaphylaxis - Now on the podcast !

Hi there!

Last week we dealt with anaphylaxis, now it is available on the podcast (15minutes).
This was a session which I took sometime back for the residents (The Flipped Classroom).

I still see shocked patients getting a trial of steroids/antihistaminics before epinephrine. Steroids/Antihistaminics work (if at all!) to prevent the biphasic reaction and relieve the skin symptoms.

Epinephrine is the DRUG of choice for anaphylaxis and it should be administered ASAP.

This podcast will give you an understanding about when and how to use epinephrine.

Listen to the podcast.
There is also a handout available.

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