Does Ramped Position Impact Intubation Success?

Does Ramped Position Impact Intubation Success?

There was no difference in first pass success with a non-supine (ramped) vs supine intubating position in this retrospective study, and composite adverse events were more common when ramped.  But patients most likely to be ramped were also obese or had predicted difficult airway.

Understanding Lactate in Sepsis - Implications for Early Management

Understanding Lactate in Sepsis - Implications for Early Management

Hyperlactatemia appears to arise from impaired oxygen utilization more often than decreased O2 delivery but doesn’t cause acidemia unless there is impaired renal function. The novel “alactic base excess” may give us an early way to tell when the kidneys are failing to compensate.

What Defines Pediatric Hypotension?

What Defines Pediatric Hypotension?

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)/Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) formula to define hypotension in children (i.e. 5th percentile SBP) seems to be a good compromise between German and U.S. population norms for children. The formula is: Low SBP = <70 + 2(age in years).

Advanced Airway for Pediatric Cardiac Arrest - Should We Just Bag?

Advanced Airway for Pediatric Cardiac Arrest - Should We Just Bag?

There may be a slight advantage for pediatric cardiac arrest patients in survival with good neurological outcome by using simple bag-valve mask ventilation over advanced airway management.

ANDROMEDA-SHOCK - Capillary Refill vs. Lactate

ANDROMEDA-SHOCK - Capillary Refill vs. Lactate

Peripheral perfusion guided resuscitation was better than lactate clearance in patients with septic shock in regard to improving organ dysfunction at 72 hours (SOFA score) and barely missed statistical significance in reducing 28-day mortality.

Multiplex PCR in Critically Ill Hematology Patients

Multiplex PCR in Critically Ill Hematology Patients

Presence of any virus on multiplex PCR (particularly influenza, parainfluenza, and RSV) in critically ill hematology patients was associated with an increased risk for respiratory failure and ICU mortality.

Is This Patient Really Penicillin Allergic?

Is This Patient Really Penicillin Allergic?

Penicillin allergy is a lot less common than patients report. A low-risk history could allow you to prescribe it in the ED or clinic.

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