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BrainWaves #96 Teaching through clinical cases: The unconscious patient

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: February 8, 2018

Even as a medical professional, it can throw you off to be out in public and find someone acutely unresponsive. It's not like being in the hospital. There are no crash carts, no nursing support, and no diagnostic tests--just you and whatever you have around you. So, what can you do? This week, Dr. Ramani Balu discusses the first 5 minutes of this assessment, with a little twist. You're stuck on an airplane.

Produced by James E Siegler. Music by Andrew Sacco, Ars Sonor, Chris Zabriskie, Lee Rosevere, and Fabian Measures. Voiceover by Erika Mejia. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making. It's just for fun. Remember fun?


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