Author Archives: K

DEATH TO THE YELLOW CATHETER OF DEATH

It’s not news but I recommend you read Paul E Marik’s review of the Pulmonary Artery Catheter (PAC) from Annals of Intensive Care 2013. Basically he tears the whole thing apart, writes an obituary and suggest we make it a … Continue reading

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MANUAL AORTIC COMPRESSION

There´s an interesting case report in Annals of Emergency Medicine. It describes a case where massive bleeding from the lower abdomen and pelvis was successfully stopped by a burly first responder who applied manual aortic compression.

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NOT SO IMPRESSIVE CICV MANAGEMENT

The outcomes from a Canadian questionnaire study of anaesthetists preferences in difficult airway management is disappointing. When faced with establishing an airway in cannot-intubate-cannot-ventilate scenarios, the majority would go for  seldinger- or needle-techniques ie one of the ready-made kits.

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COPD ICU MORTALITY

In intensive care, we are often called to deal with marginal or crashing COPD patients. Often, we end up intubating them. Then, in the morning rounds there always seems to be at least one passive-aggressive (†) colleague in the back, shaking … Continue reading

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PNEUMONIA AND ED ULTRASOUND

A study in AJEM sets out to compare diagnostic accuracy between chest x-rays and lung ultrasound for diagnosing pneumonia. Other recent ED studies have consistently shown how lung ultrasound outperforms chest x-rays when diagnosing pneumonia.

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ECMO OUTCOMES IN ACCIDENTAL HYPOTHERMIA

In accidental hypothermic cardiac arrest we are to continue CPR until the patient has been rewarmed to around 34. If available, and appropriate, these patients are to be transferred to a hospital with ECMO capability. ECMO is the most efficient … Continue reading

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PRIAPISM AFTER SPINAL CORD INJURY

While the rest of the #FOAMed world went away to fight in the great Cricoid Pressure war, I discreetly retired to my library in order to study the male erection.

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THE MOTTLING SCORE

Several methods have been developed for identifying and quantifying microcirculatory dysfunction in septic shock. We can measure buccal, sublingual and subcutaneous microcirculatory CO2-levels. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measures microcirculatory hemoglobin saturation. Sidestream dark field (SDF) imaging directly visualises the microcirculation. … Continue reading

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THAT’S HOW I (WAS) ROLL(ED)

We try to avoid putting personal stuff on this blog, but my personal observations from being a trauma patient fits too well with Thomas D’s righteous rant about logrolls a few days ago. He wrote about how the logroll, as a … Continue reading

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SEPSIS PROGRESS

The PROCESS and SEPSISPAM studies were serious blows to protocol EGD therapy in sepsis. With all the other dead ends we pursued (activated protein C, colloids, intensive insulin therapy, cortisone and what not) it is tempting to think that little … Continue reading

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