Archive for category: Resuscitation

Classic Journal Review: The OPALS Study

14 Jan
January 14, 2016

The Ontario Prehospital Advanced Life Support (OPALS) Study Background: Sudden cardiac arrest is common and, obviously, very bad. In the US, there are about 500,000 cardiac arrests each year. About half of these cardiac arrests are OHCA and the survival rate is pretty poor. The most recent survival estimates put it at 7 – 9.5% […]

The Role of TEE in Cardiac Arrest

04 Jan
January 4, 2016

Background: Sudden cardiac arrest has very poor outcomes; less than 11% of patients in cardiac arrest in the Emergency Department survive to discharge from the hospital. The management of cardiac arrest is algorithmic because providers have limited tools at their disposal and limited knowledge of the patient’s past medical history. EKG is limited in its […]

November 2015 REBELCast: All Vascular Access Episode

12 Nov
November 12, 2015

Welcome to the November 2015 REBELCast, where Swami, Matt, and I are going to tackle a couple of topics in the world of Vascular Access. Peripheral intravenous (PIV) access is one of the most common procedures we perform in the emergency department (ED) and central venous catheter (CVC), although decreasing in frequency, has some very real […]

The SPLIT Trial: Saline vs Plasma-Lyte Fluid Therapy

15 Oct
October 15, 2015

There has been a lot of debate over the recent years about the safety of crystalloid fluid therapy in acutely ill patients. Several observational studies have shown an increased risk of acute kidney injury (AKI)  with the use of normal saline (NS). Other observational studies have shown a decreased risk of AKI when using a […]

Beyond ACLS – POCUS in Cardiac Arrest

20 Aug
August 20, 2015

As we have discussed in previous posts, the care of patients with cardiac arrest is a key skill for Emergency Providers. ACLS provides a foundation for care but is rife with shortcomings including, but not limited to, reliance on outdated data and inability to adapt in the face of improved understanding of cardiac arrest pathophysiology. […]

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