Archive for category: Critical Care

Beyond ACLS: Epinephrine in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Poll

15 Mar
March 15, 2015

Recently, I wrote a post on the use of epinephrine in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and this triggered some interesting discussion on twitter. Are we at a point that we can just stop using epinephrine in OHCA?  Has anyone stopped actually using epinephrine in OHCA and if so, why or why not? The evidence seems […]

Beyond ACLS: Is It Time to Abandon Epinephrine in Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest?

11 Mar
March 11, 2015

Epinephrine is widely used and recommended by Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), but its effectiveness in neurologic outcomes has never been truly established.  To verify effectiveness of epinephrine confounders, such as patients, CPR quality, CPR by bystanders, time from call to arrival at scene or hospital, and much much more, […]

Video Laryngoscopy or Direct Laryngoscopy for Trainees

05 Mar
March 5, 2015

According to a 2012 meta-analysis difficult and failed intubations in the operating room occur 1.8 – 5.8% and 0.13 – 0.30% of the time respectively. Emergent intubation, outside of this environment (i.e emergency department, ICU, and medical ward) is typically associated with a much higher risk of difficulty and complications due to many patients rapidly deteriorating. […]

Any Benefit to Adjunct Prednisone Therapy in Community Acquired Pneumonia?

18 Feb
February 18, 2015

Background: Respiratory tract infections and pneumonia are the 3rd leading cause of death worldwide.  Although morbidity and mortality has improved slightly with the advent of antibiotics, there is still a significant long-term morbidity and mortality associated with this disorder.  It is well known that in pneumonia, there is an excess release of circulating inflammatory cytokines […]

February 2015 REBELCast

09 Feb
February 9, 2015

Welcome to the February 2015 REBELCast, where Swami, Matt, and I are going to tackle two critical care topics that come up frequently in clinical practice in both the pre-hospital setting as well as the emergency department.  Today we are going to specifically tackle: Topic #1: Administration of Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI) Medications via an […]

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