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Sepsis identification tools have many criticisms and vulnerabilities. The value of different sepsis care pathways has been a major area of research and discussion among clinicians. This has caused lar
Pelvic sepsis is a well-known and feared complication of colorectal and urologic surgery; however, it is not common and may not be recognized by emergency physicians. Patients may present with only mi
The bag-valve-mask (BVM) is ubiquitous and highly utilized in all fields of emergency care. Yet despite its seemingly intuitive operation and perceived simplicity, the BVM is an overlooked and misunde
Spontaneous (non-traumatic) intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is associated with high patient morbidity and mortality. In this Critical Care Alert, we review a study designed to assess whether prophylact
Alternative defibrillation techniques might be worth a second look. In this Critical Care Alert, we evaluate the largest and most rigorous study of double sequential external defibrillation (DSED) and
How many of your patients can recall events during what you believed was a sedated endotracheal intubation? This study finds an appreciable number of patients who are paralyzed for intubation in the e
Tracheostomies are a common surgical procedure for long-term airway management that involves creating a permanent connection between the anterior neck and trachea. Complications occur in up to 50% of
The 60/60 sign is an ultrasound finding that can help increase specificity in diagnosing right ventricular dysfunction in the setting of an acute pulmonary embolism.
Critical Care Alert: The PREPARE II trial investigated whether a fluid bolus would impact cardiovascular collapse in critically ill patients undergoing intubation.
Critical Care Alert: The triage of patients in the trauma bay is difficult, and no single measurement or vital sign will provide sufficient information for mortality. This study indicates ETCO2 - a co