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CRACK THE CHEST – GET CRUCIFIED

This is John Hinds. Recorded at the fantastic SMACC Chicago conference, June 24th 2015. Also, if you do any ICU stuff, go over to EMCRIT at this link and listen to John’s brilliantly provoking ICU talk. This is sheer genius … Continue reading

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THE ONE-TWO PUNCH

Interesting case report on cardiac arrest patient with refractory VF. Shocked 7 times – with a change in pad location. No luck. For the 8th shock, they hooked the patient up to a second defibrillator, and shocked him sequentially. One … Continue reading

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E-CPR STRIKES AGAIN

ECMO for cardiac arrest, E-CPR, has been shown several times to increase survival more than any other intervention we have available. Here’s yet another retrospective study to support the findings in previous trials (links at end of post). Survival with … Continue reading

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IO DRUGS AS QUICK AS IV

IO needles are always said to be able to deliver any drug, and with the same speed and onset as their IV cousins – also in critical patients. Most of use don’t really trust that fully, I think. The ones … Continue reading

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PERIPHERAL NORADRENALINE

Peripheral noradrenaline (or norepinephrine), or any peripheral pressor, is shunned in many centers. High doses can cause gangrene. If extravasated, it can cause tissue necrosis. But is this a big risk? Also, weighing against the risks of CVC or delayed … Continue reading

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IMAGING CASE OF THE WEEK

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CODE BROWN: COMBATIVE AND BLEEDING

I’ve had combative patients in my ER lots of times. Combative enough to warrant sedation or anaesthesia. And bleeding patients. Serious bleeding. Lots of times. But not the extremes of both at the same time.

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THE MOST SPECTACULAR HELICOPTER RESCUE

A quick non-medical post, but it involves helicopters! There are loads of good Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) around. One of the most famous is Rega, a Swiss based HEMS. And they did a spectacular job back in the 80s. … Continue reading

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COUGH CPR

There are a few magic lo-tech treatments about. There’s the precordial thump, but there’s also the self administered cough CPR. Documented in several case series from the cath labs of the 70s and 80s, coughing every 1-3 seconds was shown … Continue reading

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WHY MORE PEOPLE LITERALLY WALK AWAY FROM CAR CRASHES

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