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THUNDERSTORM ASTHMA

I always thought ‘thunderstorm asthma’, localised epidemics of asthma associated with thunderstorms, was semi-factoid.  Not so.  Apparently, thunderstorms do cause asthma spikes in asthma ED attendance. This is elegantly shown in a recent Emerg Med J.

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SCARY ARTERIAL AIRWAY DRAMA

Found an interesting case report in intensive care med. It describes a case where an anaesthetist found a pulsating mass in the lateral wall of the oropharynx. MR revealed the patient’s internal carotid artery was kinked, aberrant and indented way into … Continue reading

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LATERAL VIEW OF THE AORTA

We normally visualise the aorta on ultrasound by scanning down the midline. However, we frequently fail to visualise the entire aorta. The view is often obscured by bowel gas. Abdominal pain often makes the examination intolerable. A small proof-of-concept study in … Continue reading

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EARLY VS LATE INTUBATION OF BURNS

We are taught to intubate victims with inhalational injury early. If we delay for too long the tongue, epiglottis and other structures can swell and cause airway obstruction, forcing an emergency intubation that is more likely to be difficult or failed. A … Continue reading

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‘THE BRAVEST MAN IN THE RAF NEVER TO HAVE FLOWN AN AEROPLANE’

Ages ago, a friend of ours mentioned videos from some dodgy WW2 immersion experiments performed by RAF doctor Edgar Pask. The expermients were part of the development of the modern lifejacket. Apparently Edgar Pask, also a professor of Anesthesia at … Continue reading

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CODE BROWN: AHHH…THE OLD SCANCRIT SWITCHEROO…

Someone once said that ‘an esophageal intubation is no sin, but there is great sin in not recognizing such a placement‘. What’s that about? I intentionally intubate the esophagus and I demand recognition for it.

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SC BETTER THAN IC

A study in AJEM compares ultrasound visualisation of the subclavian vein using the supraclavicular and infraclavicular approaches.  With the increasing dominance of procedural ultrasound in central vein cannulation, perhaps there will be a shift towards supraclavicular cannulation at the expense … Continue reading

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E-POINT SEPTAL SEPARATION

A paper in AJEM describes a way to quickly assess left ventricular function that I wasn’t too familiar with. By measuring the distance between the anterior mitral valve and interventricular septum we can roughly assess the heart’s ejection fraction.

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MEGAN’S SONG

There is an important article about intubation in EMSWorld. It is about a prehospital intubation gone terribly wrong. It is essential reading for all of us who manage airways outside or inside hospitals. Read it here.

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ETT DEPTH CONFIRMATION BY TRACHEAL PALPATION

A study in Can J Anesth looks at the accuracy of confirming endotracheal tube position by palpating the sternal notch.

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