Saturday with SMACC: Tox Dogmalysis

January 9, 2016, 8:52 pm


The 4th annual Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) conference will take place in Dublin (Ireland, not California) later this year from June 13 through June 16. I’m really looking forward to it, both because last year’s meeting in Chicago was so much fun, and because the last day of the Dublin conference — June 16 —coincides with Bloomsday, the day James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place and the occasion every year for a huge festival in Dublin.

The first two releases of tickets to SMACC Dublin sold out quickly. The third and last batch of tickets will be available in early February and are expected to be gone soon after release. Anyone interested in more information about the conference should check out the SMACC Dublin website.

During the lead up to the conference, TPR will link to sessions from last year’s SMACC Chicago. Today, the link is to Bryan Hayes’ (@PharmERToxGuy) talk on “Tox Dogmalysis.” As Bryan points out, myth-busting is all well and good — and often very necessary — but we should always keep in mind that some of the myths we debunk may, in fact, be true. The 3 “myths” covered here:

  1. Flumazenil should not be used in the emergency department to reverse benzodiazepine poisoning.
  2. Beta-blockers should not be given to patients with cocaine chest pain.
  3. Calcium should not be given to patients with hyperkalemia caused by digoxin toxicity.

Are these common beliefs backed up by good evidence? To hear Bryan’s take, click here.

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