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ECMO OUT ON A LIMB

ECMO is usually applied to the whole body. In VA-ECMO, we often use a smaller side cannula to supply the lower limb with circulation and oxygenated blood, when its femoral artery is partially occluded by the main ECMO cannula. Selected … Continue reading

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WHY DO SHOCK PATIENTS HYPERVENTILATE?

This experimental study puts most common assumptions about hyperventilation in hemorrhagic shock on its head. Common thinking is that trauma pts breathe faster because of shock and metabolic demands not being met. This study suggests trauma pts are breathing faster … Continue reading

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THE BIG SICK 18 RECAP

The Big Sick 18 #TBS18 conference is done and we’re catching up on sleep and all the impressions from a great week with learning, discussions and fantastic people, check out our programme on www.bigsick18.org – and here’s an excellent recap … Continue reading

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#TBS18 IS COMING – AVAILABLE SPOTS

The Big Sick conference #TBS18 is coming, and we’re getting fired up for three days of cutting edge critical care conference with top speakers and top delegates. We can’t wait to meet you all to learn and discuss and connect. … Continue reading

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TBS18, ZERMATT – Feb 7-9 2018

We have worked hard this year on something big that is due to kick off in February next year: TBS18, The Big Sick Conference – a small, social critical care conference with top speakers and deep medical engagement in the amazing alp village … Continue reading

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IMAGING CASE OF THE WEEK

Oxygen can be a real idiot sometimes… via @medschooladvice

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NOSE CLIPS MAY NOT BE THE WAY FORWARD IN MASK VENTILATION AFTER ALL

An small but elegant experimental study in CJA explores the impact of nasal passage occlusion on mask ventilation in the unresponsive patient. Tidal volumes may be reduced by more than half when the nose is totally occluded.

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IMAGE OF THE WEEK – AORTIC STENOSIS

One of the most immediate ways to understand aortic stenosis, and how it affects blood pressure and the heart, is by watching a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) procedure. Catheters are placed in both the left ventricle (LV) and the … Continue reading

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GCS IN OLD PEOPLE

We traditionally use GCS to triage patients who sustained traumatic brain injury. Some previous studies have reported how the accuracy of using GCS decreases with increasing age. Specifically, the elderly present with a higher GCS than younger patients when suffering the same injury. … Continue reading

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BP MANAGEMENT IN BRAIN BLEEDS – ATACH 2

 A trial called ATACH-2 (Antihypertensive Treatment of Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage II), recently published in NEJM, is likely to temper the enthusiasm for aggressively lowering blood pressure in patients with intracranial bleeds.

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