Reference: Villar. Dexamethasone treatment for the acute respiratory distress syndrome: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Respir Med 2020; 8: 267–76. I know what you are thinking, “What gives? No COVID!” Well the two of you who read this are probably inundated with COVID info. So to give our brains a change I thought I would […]
Read More What No COVID? Then at Least Lets Talk Steroids- in ARDS that is…
Kapur, J et al. Randomized Trial of Three Anticonvulsants Medications for Status Epilepticus. NEJM 2019;381;2103-13 This was a randomized, double-blinded, national multicenter pragmatic study to determine comparative effectiveness of traditional anti-epileptic medications in status epilepticus. The purpose of this study is to see if there is a difference between levetiracetem (Keppra), fosphenytoin (Cerebyx), and valproate (Depakote) in treatment of […]
Read More ESETT: A Randomized Trial of 3 AEDs for Status Epilepticus
Effect of Piperacillin-Tazobactam vs Meropenem on 30-Day Mortality for Patients With E coli or Klebsiella pneumoniae Bloodstream Infection and Ceftriaxone Resistance
A Randomized Clinical Trial This was a randomized, double-blinded, international multicenter pragmatic (phew! That’s a mouthful!) study to determine if piperacillin/tazobactam (pip-taz) is non-inferior to meropenem. The reason for this study is to see if […]
Read More We’re Back Baby!! The Quick hit article: For ESBL, Just Say NO to PIP/TAZO
Kawano et al. Intraosseous Vascular Access Is Associated With Lower Survival and Neurologic Recovery Among Patients With Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Ann Emerg Med. 2018;71:588-596. THE BOTTOM LINE This study was a secondary analysis of a large EMS trial conducted in 7 sites in the US and Canada. This is a really interesting study that looks […]
Read More Quick Hit Article: Difficult vascular access: You know the drill… but do you really know the drill?
De Couck et al. International Journal of Psychophysiology 139 (2019) 1–9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.02.011 THE BOTTOM LINEIn this experimental study of 56 undergrad and grad students in France, utilizing specialized breathing patterns (see image below), the researchers sought to determine the effect of breathing on stressful decision making. They found that using breath patterns for 5 […]
Read More QUICK HIT ARTICLE: News Flash Breathing is good for you…next up Water, Wet! “How breathing can help you make better decisions…”
So the below is only my opinion! We are definitely in an evidence free zone and this is not meant to guide management! However this is my nightmare. A 53 yo ESRD is BIB EMS to a small community hospital. Her chief complaint: missed dialysis. She reports staying at her NH and not having been […]
Read More Case Report: IV access in a dialysis patient: An Evidence free zone!
This is a nice little review by Dr. Long in Dallas entitled: B. Long, J. Robertson, A. Koyfman, et al., Left ventricular assist devices and their complications: A review for emergency clinicians, American Journal of Emergency Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2019.04.050 INTRODUCTION: A ventricular assist device (VAD) can be placed into the right, left, or both ventricles thus […]
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There I said it. Well Ok I’ve been saying it for a while. But say this to a room full of doctors and you might be ostracized! Well there has been mounting evidence that would argue aVR ST elevation is not an acute STEMI/ STEMI equivalent for a while now. I think this article clinches […]
Read More ST segment elevation in aVR is probably NOT a STEMI…BUT, damn, are they sick!
THE BOTTOM LINE A non-rebreather (NRB) mask ONLY delivers high FIO2 when the flow meter valve is opened fully and even then only gets to about 90%. THE DETAILS I find great joy in reading old literature. I’m pretty sure I would be camped out in a medical library if it weren’t for the interwebs, […]
Read More How much FIO2 do you get from that non-rebreather (NRB) mask? (aka There’s a hole in breather, dear Liza, a hole)
Sometimes we need a reminder and update on the basics… Your Welcome.. Recent Recommendations and Emerging Science in Neonatal Resuscitation. Pediatr Clin N Am 66 (2019) 309–320. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcl.2018.12.002 TIMING OF UMBILICAL CORD CLAMPING – The 2017 NRP guidelines recommend a 30- to 60-second delay in clamping in all term and preterm infants not requiring resuscitation. – […]
Read More Recent Recommendations in Neonatal Resuscitation 2019 UPDATE