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SUSPENDED ANIMATION

Suspended animation, the stuff my childhood sci-fi movies were made of, is coming to a hospital near you – if you live in Pittsburgh. Apparently, this has been tested well enough in pigs to let the docs have a go … Continue reading

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FAST1 FLOWS

By now, we’re hopefully all on intraosseus access if normal iv access is problematic. Most probably use the EZ-IO, which helped revolutionise io access by making it easy, fast and pretty reliable. But getting good flow can often be a … Continue reading

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ENDOTRACHEAL AND SUPRAGLOTTIC AIRWAYS IN CPR

A study in SJTREM compares CPR hands-off times with various airway devices. It reinforces what we already know. In order to maintain hands-off times within CPR guideline recommendations the endotracheal tube is not a realistic option for inexperienced EMTs.

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THAW SOME BLOOD PLEASE

Cryopreserved blood can last longer, and might have superior RBC function to standard, cooled SAG-Ms. As a bonus, cryo always sounds good in a sci-fi kind of way, even if it does just mean frozen.

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EXAGGERATED REALITY

Amplifying tiny details might be big. This video shows the concept of amplifying and exaggerating subtle motion or color change in video material from standard, crude digital point & shoot cameras. To do this, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial … Continue reading

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INTRAVENOUS OXYGEN

Pre-oxygenation – pffft!… Who needs that?! We’ve now got i.v. oxygen to save the patient from critical hypoxemia. Dr. Kheir was involved in an incident with a critically ill 9 month old patient who sustained brain injury after prolonged hypoxemia. … Continue reading

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THE MEN WHO STARE AT TINY GOATS

Probably to make up for the killing of goats by the First Earth Battalion, research groups have been keeping goat fetuses alive outside the womb, incubated and on ECMO via the umbilical chord.

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EYES IN THE NEEDLE

A Chinese research group has developed a single crystal ultrasound transducer and put it on the end of a stylet fitting inside a standard epidural needle. The ultrasound probe will let you visualise where the tip of the needle is … Continue reading

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JUST WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING, DAVE?

A remote controlled robotic intubation system? I don’t know if that is a good or bad idea, or if it´s even important. I do know it’s cool though. Because anything robotic is, almost by definition, cool. Anyway, it’s called the Kepler … Continue reading

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iSIMULATE

I met with my colleague Anthony Lewis and got to see an exciting new piece of iPad software he’s developed: iSimulate. It’s a patient monitor simulator to be used on its own or to enhance any mannequin set-up.

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