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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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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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Corticosteroids in Severe Community Acquired Pneumonia: Could CAPE COD catalyze a change in critical care management?

Background: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) can lead to pulmonary and systemic inflammation, resulting in impaired gas exchange, sepsis, organ failure, and an increased risk of death. Corticosteroids have excellent anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects that could mitigate some of the inflammation caused …

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The Safety and Efficacy of Push Dose Vasopressors in Critically Ill Adults

Background Information: Acute Hypotension is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Continuous vasopressor infusions have previously been the mainstay of treatment. However, peripherally dosed push dose pressors, (PDPs), are beginning to be administered more frequently for management of acute hypotension.1-4 …

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Impact of Emergency Department Crowding on Lung Protective Ventilation

Background Information: Obtaining definitive control of the airway, when indicated, is the responsibility of the emergency medicine physician. Traditionally patients were managed on the ventilator with lung volumes of 10 – 15 ml/kg. However, that practice is long-outdated and patients …

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