Medical Category: Resuscitation

Intubation in Surgical Patients: VL vs DL

Background: Although most intubations are typically successful there is still a portion of patients that may require multiple intubation attempts.  Repeated intubation attempts could lead to respiratory and hemodynamic complications. We recently covered the DEVICE trial on REBEL EM which …

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Procedures and SkillsResuscitationThoracic and Respiratory

REBEL Cast Ep125: 1st 48 Hours of PE Management – How Good Is Unfractionated Heparin?

Background: The mainstay of treatment for symptomatic pulmonary embolism  (PE) is anticoagulation (AC).  Patients with higher-risk PE may require advanced interventions such as thrombolytic therapy, surgical thrombectomy, or even extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Because of its short half-life and availability …

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CardiovascularHematology and OncologyResuscitationThoracic and Respiratory

Another Study on Peripheral Vasopressors

Background: Use of vasopressors is a common practice to support hemodynamics and optimization of tissue perfusion in patients presenting with shock.  Historically the administration of vasopressors was restricted to central venous catheters (CVC) due to concerns for local tissue injury …

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The NICO Trial: NIV in Comatose Patients with Acute Poisoning

Background:  Patients with decreased level of consciousness due to alcohol, drugs, or medications commonly present to the ED. These patients can be at risk of vomiting and aspiration and often prompts clinicians to pursue definitive airway management to avoid pneumonia …

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Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitoring in Critically Ill Adults?

Background: Patients with shock frequently present with hypotension.  Many of these patients are started on vasopressor and inopressor medications to assist in efforts to normalize blood pressure to help improve organ perfusion. In shocky patients, arterial lines are often used …

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