Author Archives: Thomas D

ERC CERVICAL COLLAR SCEPTICS

The ERC, the European Resuscitation Council, have issued new guidelines for first aid, section 9 of their guidelines. And it includes an interesting and rather controversial take on cervical collars and spinal immobilisation that’s similar to what we have been … Continue reading

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SMACC DUB 2016 JUNE 13-16

After a fantastic SMACC conference in Chicago this Summer, preparations for next year’s SMACC in Dublin is well under way. As a conference for Social Media And Critical Care, the SMACC conference is not just an update on cutting edge … Continue reading

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FAST THORACOTOMY

Ultrasound is being used for procedures and decision making everywhere. Now, someone’s evaluated it for decision making in penetrating trauma cardiac arrest emergent thoracotomies. Is there a place (and time) for ultrasound in this setting? A new article in Annals … Continue reading

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SOLVING DIFFERENTIAL OXYGENATION IN VA-ECMO

ECMO can fix anything. But, surprisingly, it has some limitations. One of them is differential oxygenation in VA-ECMO, also known as watershed. A recent paper looks into new ECMO set-ups in an experimental animal model that seeks to solve the … Continue reading

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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 reports on cardiac arrest patients with refractory VF. One was 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 … 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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