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CanadiEM Podcasts: CRACKCast, ClerkCast, CarmsCast, First Year Diaries

CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. The CanadiEM Podcast brings you cutting edge clinical topics on the National Rounds Series and delves into the struggles that doctors face on the Physicians as Humans Series.

Dec 18, 2017

Episode Overview:

  1. List 6 risk factors for bone and joint infections
  2. Describe the classification of osteomyelitis (based on pathophysiology)
  3. List the 3 most common bacteria causing osteomyelitis/septic arthritis for each age group: neonate, child, adult; and the following circumstances:
    • Sexually active adolescent
    • Infected prosthesis
    • Sickle cell disease
    • IVDU
    • Human bite
    • Plantar puncture wound
    • Diabetic foot
  4. Describe a diagnostic approach to osteomyelitis. What is the utility of bloodwork?
  5. List 4 early findings of osteomyelitis on Xray
  6. List 5 complications of osteomyelitis
  7. List 6 differential diagnoses for osteomyelitis
  8. Describe the empiric management of suspected osteomyelitis
  9. What is the clinical triad of septic arthritis? Describe typical findings in joint aspiration + radiography.
  10. List 5 complications of septic arthritis
  11. What is the triad of disseminated Gonococcal disease?
  12. List X-ray findings of septic arthritis in a joint with a prosthesis.
  13. List 10 differential diagnoses for septic arthritis
  14. Describe the empiric management of suspected septic arthritis


  1. What is Kocher’s Criteria?
  2. What is a Biofilm? What is its clinical significance?