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A blog on anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine. In-hospital and outside. Mostly focusing on the critically ill patient. Written by two Scandinavian senior anaesthetic registrars turned consultants.
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Category Archives: ECMO
For vascular access, you still hear the old “We don’t have time for using ultrasound – this is an emergency!”. In many settings, the old landmark techniques are quick and good in experienced hands. But when going for the femoral … Continue reading
ECMO at the Louvre, two art forms meet. We first tweeted this photo back in 2014, and now the case report behind the image has just been published. The case report highlights both the possibilities of new frontiers in medicine, … Continue reading
Experimental. On a goat. But still, 151 days on ECMO without any heparinisation is very impressive and promising. One big draw-back of ECMO treatment has been the need for full heparinisation to avoid clotting of the ECMO circuit. Heparin coated … Continue reading
ECMO in multitrauma patients sounds like asking for complexity and lots of oozing blood – but it seems to have potential for actually stabilising the patient’s systems and get better outcome. The short version: ECMO restores normal physiology and unloads … Continue reading
How’s this for thinking outside the box in the approach to the difficult airway!? Difficult airway algorithms and advanced management options for difficult airways mostly concentrate on getting into the trachea. But what happens if getting into the trachea is … Continue reading
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
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
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
If you make a study on interventions on dead people, you don’t expect much. Well, the Alfred in Melbourne did such a study – and got a resurrection rate of over 50%! Their intervention group was people in refractory cardiac … Continue reading
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