Category Archives: Intensive Care

(UN)MOTTLING CREW

Iloprost is a powerful vasodilator, but I have never seen it used as an intravenous infusion to improve general microcirculation in septic shock, like in this interesting, albeit very small, case series from Intensive Care Med. In septic shock, one … Continue reading






Posted in Intensive Care | 5 Comments

IS FEVER THE NORMAL TEMPERATURE OF SEPSIS?

We know that hypothermia in sepsis is associated with increased mortality but other than that we tend to see fever in sepsis as something bad. We tend to perceive sepsis patients as more sick the more the temperature is elevated. We then … Continue reading






Posted in Intensive Care | 4 Comments

THE OXYGEN-ICU TRIAL

We have been concerned about hyperoxaemia for a long time. Numerous studies have documented how supranormal O2-concentrations are harmfull in critical illness. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell anyway, ICU practice hasn’t changed much. We deal with hypoxia straight away, but otherwise we leave … Continue reading






Posted in Intensive Care | 3 Comments

STILL NO EVIDENCE FOR PPI IN ICU

We believe that the ICU-patients, especially ventilated patients, are prone to having stress ulcers and one of the components of the daily ICU drill is to ensure that the patient is on ulcer prophylactics. We do this despite how the … Continue reading






Posted in Intensive Care | 1 Comment

SHOCK LIVER AFTER CARDIAC ARREST

Interesting paper in AJEM. Hypoxic hepatitis (HH), ‘shock liver’, is defined as an increase in serum aminotransferase levels (20 times the upper normal level) after respiratory or circulatory failure. It is commonly seen in critical illness and after cardiac arrest. In … Continue reading






Posted in Cardiology, CPR, Intensive Care, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.






Posted in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Neurology, Prehospital Medicine, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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.






Posted in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Ultrasound | Leave a comment

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






Posted in Airway management, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Prehospital Medicine, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

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






Posted in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care | 8 Comments

EGDT IS DEAD, LONG LIVE EGDT

And so the EGDT trilogy is complete. The results of the ProMISe trial was published, after we’ve recently had the results from the ARISE and ProCESS trials. They all compared EGDT (Early Goal-Directed Therapy) to “standard care”. And they were … Continue reading






Posted in Emergency Medicine, Infectious diseases, Intensive Care | 5 Comments