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Given a patient with a life-threatening cause of acute abdominal pain (e.g., a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm or a ruptured ectopic pregnancy): Make the diagnosis.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Diagnosis
Given a patient with a life-threatening cause of acute abdominal pain (e.g., a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm or a ruptured ectopic pregnancy): Stabilize the patient.
Selectivity, Clinical Reasoning Skills
Treatment
Given a patient with a life-threatening cause of acute abdominal pain (e.g., a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm or a ruptured ectopic pregnancy): Promptly refer the patient for definitive treatment.
Selectivity
Diagnosis, Referral
In a patient with chronic or recurrent abdominal pain: Ensure adequate follow-up to monitor new or changing symptoms or signs.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Follow-up
In a patient with chronic or recurrent abdominal pain: Manage symptomatically with medication and lifestyle modification (e.g., for irritable bowel syndrome).
Clinical Reasoning Skills, Communication Skills
Treatment
In a patient with chronic or recurrent abdominal pain: Always consider cancer in a patient at risk.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Hypothesis generation, Diagnosis
Given a patient with a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) recognize an extra intestinal manifestation.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Hypothesis generation, Diagnosis
Keep up to date with advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) recommendations (i.e., maintain your knowledge base).
Professionalism
Treatment
Promptly defibrillate a patient with ventricular fibrillation (V fib), or pulseless or symptomatic ventricular tachycardia (V tach).
Clinical Reasoning Skills, Selectivity
Treatment
Diagnose serious arrhythmias (V tach, V fib, supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, or second- or third-degree heart block), and treat according to ACLS protocols.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Diagnosis, Treatment
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