Author Archives: K

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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LET´S NOT EVER HAVE THAT DISCUSSION AGAIN

Most of us know this so just a quickie post about ketamine and ICP. This paper lives here.

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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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