Browsing: Critical Care

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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Critical Care Alert: The PREPARE II trial investigated whether a fluid bolus would impact cardiovascular collapse in critically ill patients undergoing intubation.
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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
Neurogenic pulmonary edema, associated with high mortality, can occur after any neurologic insult and is best addressed by controlling intracranial pressure.
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The EMRA Critical Care Committee presents an arterial line primer as part of its Critical Care Devices series. Follow this series for insight and troubleshooting guidance for devices and procedures th
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Critical Care Alert: Femoral artery Doppler ultrasound is more accurate than manual palpation for pulse detection in cardiac arrest. Although it was a small study, it sheds light on resuscitation mana