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Author: Salim Rezaie

Non-Sterile Gloves for Suturing Traumatic Lacerations?

Background: Traumatic lacerations presenting to the emergency department are, by definition, contaminated (ie non-sterile).  Standard management involves irrigation, local anesthesia, closure and tetanus update if required. The existing literature has never shown benefit to sterile gloves in these types of …

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Procedures and SkillsTrauma

REBEL Cast Ep111: The PREPARE II Trial – Fluid Bolus Prior to Intubation?

Background:  Some of the feared complications of endotracheal intubation include hypotension, cardiac arrest, and death (cardiovascular collapse).  These complications can result from numerous causes including medication-induced vasodilation and decreased venous return to the heart due to increased intrathoracic pressure from …

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Procedures and SkillsResuscitation

Topical TXA in Atraumatic Anterior Epistaxis Yet Again

Background: The use of topical tranexamic acid (TXA) for anterior epistaxis has been studied in many trials with conflicting results. The largest and most methodologically rigorous study to date on the use of topical TXA in epistaxis has been the …

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Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat

The FIRST-ABC Step Up Trial: HFNC vs CPAP for Liberation of Respiratory Support in Children?

Background: Respiratory support is a common intervention in pediatric ICUs and can include HFNC and CPAP/BPAP to avoid invasive mechanical ventilation.  HFNC has become more popular due to its ease of use, perceived patient comfort, and the ability to discharge …

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PediatricsResuscitation

Damping and Arterial Lines

Damping is the influence within a system that is a dissipation of energy during an oscillation.  In other words, think of damping like a shock absorber. Imagine a patient presenting with altered mental status.  All we know about the patient …

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CardiovascularProcedures and SkillsResuscitation

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