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Medical Category: Resuscitation

Automated vs Manual Chest Compressions in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Background Information: Out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a medical emergency that requires immediate intervention to increase the chance of survival. The global survival rate of OHCA patients who received CPR has increased in the past 40 years [1]. …

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REBEL Cast Ep126: Should We Not Be Recommending Small Adult BVMs in OHCA?

Background: The holy grail of outcomes in OHCA is survival with good neurologic outcome.  The only interventions proven to increase this outcome are high quality CPR and defibrillation in shockable rhythms.  Ventilation is also an important component of resuscitation in …

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DanGer Shock Trial: Microaxial Flow Pump or Standard Care in Infarct-Related Cardiogenic Shock

Background: STEMI can be complicated by cardiogenic shock and this complication is associated with a high morbidity and mortality rate. Decreased cardiac output  results in inadequate perfusion and subsequent end-organ damage. Mechanical circulatory support can improve perfusion and, in theory, …

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Don’t Forget About the IO in the Critically Ill Patient

Critically ill patients requiring resuscitation often present with many challenges including the ability to secure safe, sterile, fast, and reliable intravenous (IV) access. Over the years emergency and critical care physicians have tried many ways to establish IV access in …

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From Debate to Data: Emerging Insights into RSI Induction with Ketamine vs Etomidate

Introduction: Resuscitationists continue to debate the choice of induction agents in rapid sequence intubation (RSI). Critics of etomidate highlight its link to adrenal suppression in critically ill patients (Albert 2011), while critics of ketamine highlight the higher incidence of post-intubation …

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