Author Archives: Thomas D

ECMO – MIXING IT UP

ECMO is all the rage, and ScanCrit is a fanatical believer. However, ECMO has its problems and challenges. The challenge we’ll look into here, is choosing between VV or VA ECMO – sometimes the choice is straightforward, other times not. … Continue reading

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CERVICAL COLLARS SLASHED FROM GUIDELINES

There’s been a big discussion on cervical collars in trauma the recent years. We’ve covered the controversy here. Guidelines are usually slow to adapt, but now both national guidelines from the Netherlands and state guidelines from Queensland in Australia seems … Continue reading

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

I had the good fortune to visit the Museum of 1990s Trauma Care over the past two days. It's called #ATLS. Fascinating historic artifacts. — Bill Hinckley (@UCAirCareDoc) December 5, 2014

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IMAGING CASE OF THE MONTH

XKCD nails it. Again.

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HOW I TREAT PATIENTS WITH MASSIVE HEMORRHAGE

This is the rather peculiar title of an great summary paper on the transfusion pratice in massive hemorrhage, mainly focusing on trauma. It describes the background, evidence and use of 1:1:1 transfusions as well as pro-hemostatics and the use of … Continue reading

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AVOID THE OXYGEN REFLEX

We’ve been waiting for the AVOID study, since we mentioned it a few years ago in another post on the harm of excessive oxygen. AVOID (Air Versus Oxygen in Myocardial Infarction). Now, it’s out. As expected, it shows that unnecessary … Continue reading

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

Q: How do you approach teaching the honing of skills to picking up high risk disease with a low prevalence? A: “It is a shit-show. let’s just get it out there. these conditions should be missed or we should accept … Continue reading

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GOOOOOD MORNING, EUROPE!

SMACC registration is now open! As with previous years, reservations are going fast. Two thirds of the early bird reservations are already gone, so this will be another fantastic SMACC conference! Have a look at the program and the workshops, … Continue reading

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THE STEEL WINDPIPE

We’ve read and heard many accounts of emergency surgical airways over the years. They’re always exciting, and there’s always something new to be learned. Most written accounts are very clinical, so we were thrilled about discovering this story. It’s not … Continue reading

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SONONORWAY, FEBRUARY 9.-12. 2015

The ultrasound experience is finally coming to Norway, and what a faculty! Featuring Vicky Noble, ass.prof at Harvard and director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s emergency ultrasound program. She has an impressive list of publications on ultrasound, and is also a … Continue reading

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