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Author: Scott Wieters

Noreversaban?

We have written about the new Non-Vitamin K Oral Anti Coagulants (NOACs). Many have jokingly referred to them as the “Noreversabans.” Taking these drugs is a high risk, high reward type of decision. While we recognize the benefits of quick …

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Hematology and Oncology

Dancing with the Devil: Taking Dabigatran to the OR

So you are minding your own business working in the ED at Big Hospital, when two dudes (paramedics) bring in a patient with abdominal pain. As luck would have it, this person has a perforated bowel and needs surgery pretty …

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Hematology and Oncology

Beyond ACLS: From CPR to Cath – The New ACC/AHA Cardiac Arrest Algorithm

So you are minding your own business when a 60 year old patient comes in after witnessed Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA).  She had a witnessed arrest, good bystander CPR and the prehospital team shocked her out of ventricular fibrillation (vfib), …

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Cardiovascular

In Criticism Of Praise

Sometimes the most profound academic concepts haven’t come from the wonderful medical conferences or hundreds of academic articles I’ve read, but they come from arenas completely tangential to the medical field.  The topic of this article is a great example of …

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Hands-On Defibrillation: If the Glove Fits…You Must Acquit!

We’ve had some heated debates on the topic of hands-on defibrillation (HOD) for the past few years. We all know the most important time to avoid a pause during CPR is the perishock pause ([1]). We also know that despite …

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Resuscitation

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