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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

The ED-AWARENESS Study: Awareness with Paralysis

‘He remembered waking up with someone pulling very hard on his injured leg, which caused severe pain. He thinks he was in the ED. The patient said this was the worst pain he had every had and it was unbearable, …

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Procedures and SkillsResuscitationThoracic and Respiratory

Antibiotics in COPD Exacerbations – 2 days vs 7 days

Background: Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) are commonly seen in the ED. AECOPD is characterized by a change in the patient’s baseline dyspnea, cough or sputum purulence. While there are a number of causes for exacerbations, infectious …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

The CLASSIC Trial: IV Fluid Restriction in Septic Shock

Background: The Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines recommend an initial fixed volume of 30mL/kg of IDEAL body weight within the first 3 hours of resuscitation (weak recommendation, low-quality evidence). [2].  Additionally, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines state there is insufficient evidence …

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Endocrine, Metabolic, Fluid, and ElectrolytesInfectious DiseaseResuscitation

REBEL Core Cast 83.0 – Post-LP Headache

Take Home Points Post dural-puncture headache affects up to 30% of patients after lumbar puncture. Suspect PDPH in all patients who recently underwent an LP or epidural anesthesia regardless of whether they meet the IHS criteria. The best way to …

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NeurologyProcedures and Skills

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