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Medical Category: Thoracic and Respiratory

The HOT-ICU Trial: Lower vs Higher Oxygenation Targets for Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure

Background: Though oxygen is fundamental for life, supra-physiological levels can be deleterious. Several randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses have been conducted in the critically ill to determine whether a conservative oxygenation approach compared to a liberal oxygenation approach is beneficial. …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

The RELAx Trial: What is the Optimal PEEP in Patients Without ARDS?

Background: It has well been established that low tidal volume ventilation minimizes potentially iatrogenic harms of mechanical ventilation.  What is less clear is the use of higher positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) in patients without acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

COVID-19 Awake Proning – All Hype?

Background: Facilities around the world have seen surges of COVID-19 pneumonia  patients who have required protracted hospitalizations leading to overwhelmed hospital systems. Awake proning is a practice that was adopted early in the pandemic as a means to avoid, or …

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Infectious DiseaseThoracic and Respiratory

Racial Bias with Pulse Oximetry?

Background: Despite continued focus on equity in healthcare, it has yet to be realized in the United States. Healthcare can be considered a microcosm of society where resources are not allocated fairly among the population.  A recent editorial in the …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

Pearls from ResusX Rewired 2020

From Oct 6th – 8th, 2020, Haney Mallemat (@CriticalCareNow) and his team put on an absolutely amazing online critical care conference called ResusX Rewired.  ResusX is a conference designed by resuscitationists to provide clinicians with the most up to date …

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