April 7, 2021

Take Home Points
  • Altered mental status has numerous possible etiologies. Splitting it into vital sign issues, toxic/metabolic, infectious processes, CNS issues (bleed, mass) and psych/dementia is a good way to organize your thoughts
  • Hypertensive encephalopathy is a diagnosis of exclusion - make sure you're not dealing with another process like meningitis or an intracranial hemorrhage
  • Once the diagnosis of hypertensive encephalopathy is made, shoot to lower the SBP by about 20-25% over the hour using a drug like nicardipine, clevidipine or labetalol

February 10, 2021

Take Home Points
  • Consider ruptured AAA in patients (especially those > 50 years of age) with unexplained hypotension, back or abdominal pain
  • All ruptured AAAs should be considered unstable regardless of vital signs as rapid deterioration is common
  • A ruptured AAA is 100% fatal without surgical or endovascular intervention. Mobilize your surgical colleagues early