ED Mnemonics

Here are a few mnemonics I picked up that helped me out…

HAD CLOTS: PERC Rule – Risk factors for PE
Hormone use
Age >50
DVT/PE History
Coughing Blood
Leg Swelling – Unilateral
O2 Sat < 95%
Tachycardia
Surgery/Trauma History – Recent

AMPLE: Important history items in trauma patients
Allergies
Medications
Past Medical/Surgical History
Last Meal/Last Menstrual Period
Events/EMS/Environment

PHAILS: Toxins that cannot be decontaminated with charcoal
Pesticides
Hydrocarbons
Acid/Alkali
Iron
Lithium
Solvents

DUMB BELSS: Cholinergic Toxidrome
Diarrhea
Urination
Miosis
Bronchospasm
Bradycardia
Emesis
Lacrimation
Salivation
Sweating

ME DIE:
Differentials for Osmolar Gap
Methanol
Ethanol
Diuretics (Mannitol, Sorbitol)
Isopropanol
Ethylene Glycol

MUDPILES: Differentials for Anion Gap Acidosis
Methanol
Uremia
DKA
Paraldehyde
INH, Iron
Lactate
Ethanol, Ethylene Glycol
Salicylates, Starvation, Solvents

AEIOU:
Indications for dialysis
Acidemia
Electrolytes (Potassium)
Ingestion (Drugs)
Overload (Fluid)
Uremia

I STUMBLED: Toxins that can be removed by hemodialysis
Isopropanol
Salicylates
Theophylline
Uremia
Methanol
Barbiturates
Lithium
Ethylene Glycol
Depakote

AEIOU TIPS: Differentials for Altered Mental Status
Alcohol
Endocrine
Insulin
Opiates
Uremia
Toxins, Trauma, Tumor
Infection
Psychosis
Stroke, Seizure, Shock

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