Podcast Respiratory Resuscitation

Interview with Ben Kerrey about Pediatric Rapid Sequence Intubation

Ben Kerrey is a rising star in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is the point man for an ongoing initiative at Cincinnati Children’s centered around improving safety and limiting complications during rapid sequence intubation. I recently sat down with Ben to talk about the state of RSI in pediatric patients, the difference between a checklist and a a true cognitive aid, the role of residents during RSI and more.

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Infectious Diseases


This edition of PEM Currents is a bite-sized rundown on rabies, or more accurately rabies post-exposure prophylaxis since most of you will never see it clinically, but will encounter a kid who meets an unscrupulous animal.


Hematemesis in the Newborn

Hematemesis in the newborn period is scary for parents but fortunately it is most often due to benign causes such as swallowed maternal blood or GERD. learn more about this surprisingly common problem on this edition of PEMCurrents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast.

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Heat Illness

The heat is on! With warm weather comes a plethora of heat-related problems in the ED. That’s why I’m sharing this edition of PEM Currents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast. The focus is on heat illness in its many forms. Learn about everything from the benign prickly heat, to life threatening heat stroke. Stay cool and learn something all right?

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Swallowed Foreign Bodies

Kids eat stuff they’re not supposed to. Most of the time foreign bodies pass harmlessly through the GI tract. Occasionally they will get stuck. It is your job to figure out who has an impacted foreign body, and how to diagnose and manage it.

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Acquired torticollis must be differentiated from more serious symptoms and remains a common presenting complaint in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Learn more about it in this episode of PEMCurrents the Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast.

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Strep Pharyngitis

This may be a bit hard to swallow, but not every disease process in the Emergency Department is exciting. Streptococcal pharyngitis is an incredibly common condition, especially in the Pediatric Emergency Department and I wanted to take this opportunity to answer some common questions. Who knows, perhaps after listening to this edition of PEM Currents you too will start treating strep throat with once a day dosing of Amoxicillin.


Respiratory Distress

Take a deep breath and PEEP this – PEM Currents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast proudly brings you an episode dedicated to the initial assessment and management of respiratory distress. Whether you’ve been practicing in the field for 20 years or are fresh out of medical school it is important to recognize key symptoms in children with difficultly breathing, and to avoid delaying essential supportive care.



This edition of PEM Currents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast™ reviews the diagnosis and management of Immune Thrombocytopenia, formerly known as Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. You will definitely see this common acute hematologic conditions in the ED, and should be able to differentiate it from acute leukemia, meningococcemia and other concerning conditions.


Unexplained Bruising in the Young Child

This edition of PEM Currents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast briefly addresses which bruises are concerning in children under the age of 4, and what the ensuing workup should entail. You can also read more on a companion PEMBlog post.