December Sessions !


aloha guys !

So here is what we ( myself and Abdullah AlFahhad ) have planned for you in December !

Environmental and Neurology , are what we are brining to you this month,in a more easier and simpler way.

We will conduct our (nearly two hours) sessions three days per week , Sunday,Wednesday and Thursday, starting from 17:00. Rescheduling the starting time is possible upon majority request .

Other side sessions as ; Ultrasound findings,important clinical decision rules and AudioVisual cases,etc. will be scattered in between sessions . Plus the daily morning report done at the hospitals,sparing Mondays.

Interns are also going to be a part of this month, with ECG basic sessions, approach to a trauma patients,Acid base disorders,etc.

Venue : King Abdulaziz Medical City , National Guard Hospital , Emergency medicine department , the classroom at level one


Our schedule for the upcoming four sessions ,

Wednesday 2/12   19:00.          High Altitude Medicine + Radiation

Thursday 3/12       19:00.        Scuba Diving and Dysbarism + drowning

Sunday 6/12     19:00     Heat illnesses + Electrical and lightning injuries

Wednesday 9/12     19:00.   Accidental hypothermia + Frostbite

With MCQ’s covering the topics we are covering.

quite interesting huh ? 

Environmental chapters are the kind of chapters that u read it for 5 minutes then get distracted from the next an hour or so ! sessions will make it possible to grasp and memorize.

Neurology doesn’t need any introduction actually , topics as Stroke,Seizures and headache approach are high yield topics , which needs a lot of attention.

Feel free to email me for any inquires or suggestions at

Stay Tuned !

Nawaf Basulaib

A workaholic R4 , beware of my toxicity .. I can drive you nuts in your shifts .. Noise attracts me and silence is my kryptonite ! Outside of the Emergency,I write and .. Will I only write , no life eh ?

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Mechanical Ventilation and the points that we will go through are :

1- MV in ARDS and Obstructive lung disease 


2- Permissive hypercapnea 


3- hemodynamically unstable patients on MV


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Have you Ever harmed a fetus?

Almost all of us are doing first trimester US for our D-side patients. But have you ever thought that you might caused harm for that poor young fetus!.

We all learned that ultrasound is harmless and we even tell our patients so. Well, we might be wrong. As emerging evidence is showing some harm!. US might causes some thermal and mechanical effects which is directly related to the output power. Let’s see how!

As we all know ultrasound works by sending ultrasound waves and measures its reflection. Those waves produce heat as they pass through the tissue which is measures as the Thermal index. It depends on the energy produced and time of exposure. The Higher the index the higher the effect on fetus. So, as doppler will focus the beam to a small area, it’ll accentuate by this the energy force produced on the fetus. Giving that we use doppler for seconds, most probably we cause no harm.

Although, Evidence is weak and no strong in vivo studies supporting harm, guidelines are recommending avoiding using doppler specially in the first trimester.

Then, how can we check for fetal heart activity? By using M-mode, since it has lower power output, keeping with the ALARA principle.

Here’s an example of M-mode.


Do you still need Guidelines?

WFUMB/ISUOG Statement on the Safe Use of Doppler Ultrasound During 11-14 week scans (or earlier in pregnancy)

  1. Pulsed Doppler (spectral, power and color flow imaging) ultrasound should not be used routinely.
  2. Pulsed Doppler ultrasound may be used for clinical indications such as to refine risks for trisomies.
  3. When performing Doppler ultrasound, the displayed Thermal Index (TI) should be less than or equal to 1.0 and exposure time should be kept as short as possible (usually no longer than 5-10 minutes) and not exceed 60 minutes.
  4. When using Doppler ultrasound for research, teaching and training purposes, the displayed TI should be less than or equal to 1.0 and exposure time should be kept as short as possible (usually no longer than 5-10 minutes) and not exceed 60 minutes. Informed consent should be obtained.
  5. In educational settings, discussion of first trimester pulsed or color Doppler should be accompanied by information on safety and bioeffects (e.g. TI, exposure times, and how to reduce the output power).

Approved by WFUMB Administrative Council, January 27, 2011.

AIUM Practice Guideline for the Performance of Obstetric Ultrasound Examinations

When an embryo/fetus is detected, it should be measured and cardiac activity recorded by a 2-dimensional video clip or M-mode imaging. Use of spectral Doppler imaging is discouraged.

A thermal index for soft tissue (Tis) should be used at earlier than 10 weeks’ gestation, and a thermal index for bone (Tib) should be used at 10 weeks’ gestation or later when bone ossification is evident. In keeping with the ALARA principle, M-mode imaging should be used instead of spectral Doppler imaging to document embryonic/fetal heart rate.

At the End, it all started from here:

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Thank you @UTS_Australia & @UCIrvineEM


Abdalmohsen Ababtain

Senior Emergency Resident at Saudi Program of Emergency Medicine Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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The all new 2015 AHA guidelines are out!

Today we have the all new 2015 AHA guidelines click here for the executive summay

Click here for the Highlights of the guidelines

Here’s the full guidelines

Some of the major changes:


  1. Compressions should be 100-120/ min to achieve adequate depth.
  2. Depth of the compressions should be 5-6cm for adults.
  3. Minimize interruptions and aim for compression for at least 60% of the cycle
  4. For witnessed OHCA it’s reasonable to delay positive pressure ventilation and do 3 cycles of 200 continuous compressions with passive oxygen insufflation.
  5. If the patient is tubed give a breath every 6 seconds while doing continuous compressions.

And the ERC 2015 Guidelines: European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015


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Senior Emergency Resident at Saudi Program of Emergency Medicine Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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First Academic Halfday invitation 2015/16

I would like to invite everyone to attend our First Academic Halfday for the Year 2015/2016 for the Saudi Board of Emergency Medicine, The Date will be on 6th October 2015.

Due to popular demand, we have altered the schedule to the Following:

09:00 – 09:30 Introduction and Welcoming remarks – Dr. Alsalamah/Dr. Alasgah
09:30 – 10:30 MERS-Cov outbreak in KAMC – Dr. Alamry
10:30 – 12:00 Hajj participants overview of the Mina Stampede Incident – lessons learned.

The Venue will be the Large Auditorium in the College of Public Health & Health Informatics.
The maps are included showing how to enter the collage.

Dr. Majid Al-Salamah

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