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External Validation of Pittsburgh Cardiac Arrest Category (PCAC) Illness Severity Score

Background Information: Multiple illness severity scores have been developed for use after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA). Unfortunately, these rely on information that is not immediately available to providers in the early hours following return of …

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CardiovascularNeurologyResuscitation

Gun Laws and Mass Shootings: A Call to Action

Background: Rob Elementary. Columbine. Sandy Hook. Pulse Night Club. Tops Grocery Store. Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. Virginia Beach. The Tree of Life Synagogue. Santa Fe High School. The New York City Subway. The Las Vegas Harvest Music Festival. Aurora Movie …

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Ethical and Legal

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

REBEL Core Cast 84.0 – AVNRT

Take Home Points AVNRT is a common tachydysrhythmia that results from a reentrant loop within the AV node. Unstable patients with AVNRT should be considered for immediate synchronized electrical cardioversion. Stable patients with AVNRT can have a trial of vagal …

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Cardiovascular

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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