What’s the Right Pediatric ETT Size?

What’s the Right Pediatric ETT Size?

The pediatric trachea is elliptical at the infraglottic level, with the transverse diameter being narrowest. The endotracheal tube size formula, (age/4) + 3.5, with a cuffed tube makes more sense anatomically.

Imaging for Appendicitis in Pregnancy

Imaging for Appendicitis in Pregnancy

In a pregnant patient presenting with abdominal pain and suspected appendicitis, an initial ultrasound should be performed to exclude obstetric causes for abdominal pain. MRI may be a reasonable next study if it is immediately accessible and radiologists with expertise in MRI interpretation are available. Otherwise, CT should be utilized.

Predictors for Acute Appendicitis in Children

Predictors for Acute Appendicitis in Children

When faced with an equivocal appendix on ultrasound (US), use of secondary findings such as appendix diameter ≥ 7mm, presence of appendicolith, associated inflammatory changes, and WBC count greater than 10,000/mL can increase diagnostic certainty.

Pediatric TBI Guidelines from the CDC

Pediatric TBI Guidelines from the CDC

Taking care of children with mild traumatic brain injury is not easy. This guideline states clearly, based on compiled evidence, what you should and should not do.  It’s helpful.

Which Head Injury Rule for Adults - CHIP, New Orleans, Canadian, NICE?

Which Head Injury Rule for Adults - CHIP, New Orleans, Canadian, NICE?

The CHIP rule performed better than other head injury rules in patients >16 years old in striking the balance between avoiding CT in 21% of patients while missing only 2 potential neurosurgical lesions on CT.

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