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will help you critically appraise the literature so that you can deliver the highest quality, evidence based and compassionate care to your patients. REBELCrit not only review’s recent publications, but has many review article’s, on often complex topics, to help you, the busy provider, continue to provide the best care possible. Soon, REBELCrit will be launching a critical care podcast through our already popular REBELCast! REBELCrit strives to give you the most up to date and timely information so that you can be the best provider you can be and deliver the best care to your critically ill patients!

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Resuscitative Thoracotomy: What Really is the Quickest Way to a Person’s Heart?

Background: A resuscitative thoracotomy is a time-critical high acuity, low occurrence (HALO) procedure – as an emergency physician you need to know how to do it, but depending on your practice environment, it may be a once-in-a-career maneuver. All the …

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Trauma

The ATESS Trial: Time to Let Go of the Metabolic Cocktail

Background: The only well-established treatments for sepsis and septic shock are antibiotic therapy and source control.  Septic shock, the most severe form of sepsis, is characterized by circulatory and cellular metabolism abnormalities.  There have been a host of randomized controlled …

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Infectious Disease

Let’s Get Our ACTS Together: The Metabolic Cocktail and Septic Shock Again

Background: Though it’s been stated numerous times on this blog, it bears repeating: the pillars of sepsis care remain early identification of sepsis, early appropriate empiric antibiotics, source control, and supportive care. The focus should be on getting the basics …

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Infectious Disease

STARRT-AKI Trial: Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy Initiation in Acute Kidney Injury

Background Information: It is well documented throughout the literature that critically ill patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with acute kidney injury have a higher morbidity and mortality.1–4 Acute kidney injury may be complicated by acidosis, hyperkalemia and …

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Endocrine, Metabolic, Fluid, and ElectrolytesRenal and Genitourinary

Therapy Options in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

 Background Information: The care and management of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is complex and follows an inciting injury to the lungs. This constellation of symptoms is characterized by hypoxemia, diffuse lung inflammation, decreased lung compliance and noncardiogenic …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH): A Zebra Diagnosis We Should All Know

What is it HLH? Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare and often fatal syndrome of uncontrolled and ineffective inflammatory response to a certain trigger. It is characterized by excessive proliferation of lymphocytes and macrophages (histiocytes), hence the name “lymphohistiocytosis”. This …

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Hematology and Oncology

The ORANGES Trial: Why You Can’t Just Read the Abstract

Background: The cornerstones of sepsis management continues to include early identification, early appropriate empiric antibiotics, definitive source control, and vasopressors to support end organ perfusion. There have been multiple studies looking at the co-administration of hydrocortisone, ascorbic acid, and thiamine …

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Infectious Disease

The LOCO2 Trial: Liberal or Conservative Oxygen Therapy for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Background: In patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ARDS clinical trials network recommends a target partial pressure of arterial oxygen (Pao2) between 55 and 80 mmHg. Goals of arterial oxygenation are not based …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

Fluid Administration in End-Stage Renal Disease for Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock by Shyam Murali, MD

Background: In end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on hemodialysis (HD), infection is the second most common cause of mortality after cardiovascular disease (Sarnik 2000). Because of the systemic inflammation and increased capillary permeability, septic patients are at significant risk for fluid …

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Endocrine, Metabolic, Fluid, and ElectrolytesInfectious DiseaseResuscitation

Peripheral Pressors: 6 Pearls to Not F*#k Up the Arm

Traditionally, vasopressor infusions have been done through central venous catheters (CVCs) due to the hypothetical risk of extravasation injury to extremities when given through peripheral IVs.  The documented risk of extravasation from peripheral pressors is 3 – 6% [1][3][4][5]. Hypothetically, …

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Procedures and Skills

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