Author Archives: K

BP MANAGEMENT IN BRAIN BLEEDS

There´s a nice Best BET mini review in EMJ April 2016. The authors ask if it is safe and beneficial to control hypertension in the acute/hyperacute phase (~<6h from presentation) in patients with acute intracerebral haemorrhage.






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ONSD NORMAL VALUES

Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter (ONSD) on ultrasound has been used to identify patients with high intracranial pressure. ONSD threshold measurements for high ICP range from 5 to 6mm. Unfortunately there´s not really been any reference values. A study in Journal of … Continue reading






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PAIN CAN´T BE USED TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN PARTIAL AND FULL THICKNESS BURNS

The absence of of pain has even been used to differentiate between partial and full thickness burn injury. Traditional teaching is that full thickness burns are painless due to the cutaneous nerve endings being destroyed. A paper in AJEM suggest it´s … Continue reading






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THE LATERAL TRAUMA POSITION

Transporting unconscious or obtunded victims supine can be dangerous as it may result in mechanical obstruction of the airway or fluid aspiration unless the airway is secured. Traditionally, EMS have used the recovery position with the victim lying on his/her side , … Continue reading






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LUNG US AND BNP

A small study in Ann Intensive Care reminds me that lung ultrasound is  good at detecting heart failure and differentiating against other causes of acute dyspnoea.






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HITCHEN´S RAZOR

“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”  






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TRAUMA IS THE OLD MAN´S DISEASE

Traditional teaching is that trauma is the young male´s disease. Young males are exposed to accidents and violence. Young males also tend to engage in profoundly stupid activities. However, since a decade or so there is a shift. Major trauma in … Continue reading






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OWN THE O.G.

Passing the orogastric tube can be difficult or sometimes impossible. Unfortunately a lot of patients really need their OGs and in a time-critical scenario you don’t want to spend too much time struggling with it. Here is a simple trick a senior … Continue reading






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ON BEING A JERK

Quickie post about an interesting paper I found. Now there is actual evidence of how being a jerk negatively impacts on team performance. An Israeli paper looks at how being exposed to rudeness affects teams in emergent situations.






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EWWW!

I found two interesting papers in EMJ. Both recently published. If you intubate a fresh frozen cadaver and ventilate you will get a transient capnography trace very similar to a trace from a living patient. I had heard about it before but … Continue reading






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