Making big decisions on little information is the very nature of emergency medicine. Nothing epitomizes this more than the decision to activate your cardiac catheterization lab for a patient with a potential ST elevation MI. Grand Master of the squiggly lines, Dr. Sara Nelson, recently took us through a tour of several challenging chest pain patients and their respective ECG's. Here is part two of our two part series (click here for part one). Take a look at these cases and ask yourself, what is your initial management? What is your interpretation of the ECG . . . do you activate the cath lab or not?.... you make the call!!
Sara Nelson, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Maine Medical Center
Tufts University School of Medicine
Posted by Jeffrey A. Holmes, MD