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By Struan Reid Emergency Care Practitioner in South Africa with a passion for advanced airway management.
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105540/mechanically-ventilating-the-severe-asthmatic
#1
Abdullah E Laher, Sean K Buchanan
The management of the critically ill patients with asthma can be rather challenging. Potentially devastating complications relating to this presentation include hypoxemia, worsening bronchospasm, pulmonary aspiration, tension pneumothorax, dynamic hyperinflation, hypotension, dysrhythmias, and seizures. In contrast to various other pathologies requiring mechanical ventilation, acute asthma is generally associated with better outcomes. This review serves as a practical guide to the physician managing patients with severe acute asthma requiring mechanical ventilation...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020354/the-definition-of-the-brugada-syndrome
#2
Juan Sieira, Pedro Brugada
Brugada syndrome (BS) is an inherited disease characterized by a coved-type ST-segment elevation in the right precordial leads and increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), in the absence of structural abnormalities. The cornerstone of BS diagnosis and definition, is its characteristic ECG pattern that can be present spontaneously or unmasked by drugs. Brugada syndrome was first described 25 years ago; paradoxically, in an era of great technological development, a new syndrome was described with a technology developed almost a century before...
October 21, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879205/pediatric-burn-resuscitation-past-present-and-future
#3
REVIEW
Kathleen S Romanowski, Tina L Palmieri
Burn injury is a leading cause of unintentional death and injury in children, with the majority being minor (less than 10%). However, a significant number of children sustain burns greater than 15% total body surface area (TBSA), leading to the initiation of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome. These patients require IV fluid resuscitation to prevent burn shock and death. Prompt resuscitation is critical in pediatric patients due to their small circulating blood volumes. Delays in resuscitation can result in increased complications and increased mortality...
2017: Burns and trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039883/volume-targeted-versus-pressure-limited-ventilation-in-neonates
#4
REVIEW
Claus Klingenberg, Kevin I Wheeler, Naomi McCallion, Colin J Morley, Peter G Davis
BACKGROUND: Damage caused by lung overdistension (volutrauma) has been implicated in the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Modern neonatal ventilation modes can target a set tidal volume as an alternative to traditional pressure-limited ventilation (PLV) using a fixed inflation pressure. Volume-targeted ventilation (VTV) aims to produce a more stable tidal volume in order to reduce lung damage and stabilise the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2). OBJECTIVES: To determine whether VTV compared with PLV leads to reduced rates of death and death or BPD in newborn infants and to determine whether use of VTV affected outcomes including air leak, cranial ultrasound findings and neurodevelopment...
October 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984705/the-crashing-patient-hemodynamic-collapse
#5
Hitesh Gidwani, Hernando Gómez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rapid restoration of tissue perfusion and oxygenation are the main goals in the resuscitation of a patient with circulatory collapse. This review will focus on providing an evidence based framework of the technological and conceptual advances in the evaluation and management of the patient with cardiovascular collapse. RECENT FINDINGS: The initial approach to the patient in cardiovascular collapse continues to be based on the Ventilate-Infuse-Pump rule...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953559/novel-concepts-for-damage-control-resuscitation-in-trauma
#6
Philbert Y Van, John B Holcomb, Martin A Schreiber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Traumatic injuries are a major cause of mortality worldwide. Damage control resuscitation or balanced transfusion of plasma, platelets, and red blood cells for the management of exsanguinating hemorrhage after trauma has become the standard of care. We review the literature regarding the use of alternatives to achieve the desired 1 : 1:1 ratio as availability of plasma and platelets can be problematic in some environments. RECENT FINDINGS: Liquid and freeze dried plasma (FDP) are logistically easier to use and may be superior to fresh frozen plasma...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870355/mechanical-ventilation-state-of-the-art
#7
REVIEW
Tài Pham, Laurent J Brochard, Arthur S Slutsky
Mechanical ventilation is the most used short-term life support technique worldwide and is applied daily for a diverse spectrum of indications, from scheduled surgical procedures to acute organ failure. This state-of-the-art review provides an update on the basic physiology of respiratory mechanics, the working principles, and the main ventilatory settings, as well as the potential complications of mechanical ventilation. Specific ventilatory approaches in particular situations such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are detailed along with protective ventilation in patients with normal lungs...
September 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912057/apnoeic-oxygenation-during-intubation-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#8
REVIEW
Matthew J Binks, Rhys S Holyoak, Thomas M Melhuish, Ruan Vlok, Anthony Hodge, Thomas Ryan, Leigh D White
Hypoxaemia increases the risk of cardiac arrest and mortality during intubation. The reduced physiological reserve and reduced efficacy of pre-oxygenation in intensive care patients makes their intubation particularly dangerous. Apnoeic oxygenation is a promising means of preventing hypoxaemia in this setting. We sought to ascertain whether apnoeic oxygenation reduces the incidence of hypoxaemia when used during endotracheal intubation in the intensive care unit (ICU). A systematic review of five databases for all relevant studies published up to November 2016 was performed...
November 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904070/antiarrhythmic-drugs-for-non-shockable-turned-shockable-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-the-amiodarone-lidocaine-or-placebo-study-alps
#9
Peter J Kudenchuk, Brian G Leroux, Mohamud Daya, Thomas Rea, Christian Vaillancourt, Laurie J Morrison, Clifton W Callaway, James Christenson, Joseph P Ornato, James V Dunford, Lynn Wittwer, Myron L Weisfeldt, Tom P Aufderheide, Gary M Vilke, Ahamed H Idris, Ian G Stiell, M Riccardo Colella, Tami Kayea, Debra A Egan, Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, Pamela Gray, Randal Gray, Ron Straight, Paul Dorian
Background -Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) commonly presents with non-shockable rhythms (asystole and pulseless electrical activity (PEA)). Whether antiarrhythmic drugs are safe and effective when these evolve to shockable rhythms (ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT)) during resuscitation is not known. Methods -Adults with non-traumatic OHCA, vascular access and VF/VT anytime after ≥1 shock(s) were prospectively randomized, double-blind, to receive amiodarone, lidocaine or placebo by paramedics...
September 13, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701178/the-future-of-mechanical-ventilation-lessons-from-the-present-and-the-past
#10
REVIEW
Luciano Gattinoni, John J Marini, Francesca Collino, Giorgia Maiolo, Francesca Rapetti, Tommaso Tonetti, Francesco Vasques, Michael Quintel
The adverse effects of mechanical ventilation in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) arise from two main causes: unphysiological increases of transpulmonary pressure and unphysiological increases/decreases of pleural pressure during positive or negative pressure ventilation. The transpulmonary pressure-related side effects primarily account for ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) while the pleural pressure-related side effects primarily account for hemodynamic alterations. The changes of transpulmonary pressure and pleural pressure resulting from a given applied driving pressure depend on the relative elastances of the lung and chest wall...
July 12, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860875/extraglottic-airway-devices-technology-update
#11
REVIEW
Bimla Sharma, Chand Sahai, Jayashree Sood
Extraglottic airway devices (EADs) have revolutionized the field of airway management. The invention of the laryngeal mask airway was a game changer, and since then, there have been several innovations to improve the EADs in design, functionality, safety and construction material. These have ranged from changes in the shape of the mask, number of cuffs and material used, like rubber, polyvinylchloride and latex. Phthalates, which were added to the construction material in order to increase device flexibility, were later omitted when this chemical was found to have serious adverse reproductive outcomes...
2017: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24089000/freeze-dried-plasma-at-the-point-of-injury-from-concept-to-doctrine
#12
REVIEW
Elon Glassberg, Roy Nadler, Sami Gendler, Amir Abramovich, Philip C Spinella, Robert T Gerhardt, John B Holcomb, Yitshak Kreiss
While early plasma transfusion for the treatment of patients with ongoing major hemorrhage is widely accepted as part of the standard of care in the hospital setting, logistic constraints have limited its use in the out-of-hospital setting. Freeze-dried plasma (FDP), which can be stored at ambient temperatures, enables early treatment in the out-of-hospital setting. Point-of-injury plasma transfusion entails several significant advantages over currently used resuscitation fluids, including the avoidance of dilutional coagulopathy, by minimizing the need for crystalloid infusion, beneficial effects on endothelial function, physiological pH level, and better maintenance of intravascular volume compared with crystalloid-based solutions...
December 2013: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887934/transport-while-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
#13
REVIEW
Kyle C Niziolek, Thomas J Preston, Erik C Osborn
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for severe acute respiratory failure has been increasing. Evidence suggests that higher volume centers have better outcomes, leading to a need for specialized ECMO transport teams. The inherent nature of the prehospital environment adds an additional layer of complexity; however, the experience of multiple centers has demonstrated that cannulating and transporting a patient on ECMO can be performed safely. The purpose of this review article is to discuss the state of knowledge with respect to ECMO transport with special emphasis given to how to actually undertake such complex transports...
October 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814478/effect-of-patient-weight-on-first-pass-success-and-neuromuscular-blocking-agent-dosing-for-rapid-sequence-intubation-in-the-emergency-department
#14
Asad E Patanwala, John C Sakles
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to determine the association between patient weight and first pass success (FPS) during rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in the ED. The secondary objective was to evaluate the association between patient weight and neuromuscular blocking agent (NMBA) dosing. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study conducted in a tertiary care academic ED. Consecutive adult patients who underwent RSI in the ED between January 2014 and June 2016 were included...
August 16, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627014/review-article-paediatric-status-epilepticus-in-the-pre-hospital-setting-an-update
#15
REVIEW
Jeremy Furyk, Kerriane Watt, Theophilus I Emeto, Stuart Dalziel, Daniel Bodnar, Kate Riney, Franz E Babl
Paediatric status epilepticus (SE) is a medical emergency and a common critical condition confronting pre-hospital providers. Management in the pre-hospital environment is challenging but considered extremely important as a potentially modifiable factor on outcome. Recent data from multicentre clinical trials, quality observational studies and consensus documents have influenced management in this area, and is important to both pre-hospital providers and emergency physicians. The objective of this review was to: (i) present an overview of the available evidence relevant to pre-hospital care of paediatric SE; and (ii) assess the current pre-hospital practice guidelines in Australia and New Zealand...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28784609/understanding-cardiac-troponin-part-1-avoiding-troponinitis
#16
REVIEW
Richard Body, Edward Carlton
Cardiac troponin (cTn) is a highly specific biomarker of myocardial injury and is central to the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). By itself, however, cTn cannot identify the cause of myocardial injury. 'Troponinitis' is the condition that leads clinicians to falsely assign a diagnosis of AMI based only on the fact that a patient has an elevated cTn concentration. There are many causes of myocardial injury other than AMI. Clinicians are required to differentiate myocardial injury caused by AMI from other causes...
August 7, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707967/mechanical-ventilation
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July 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27566791/systematic-review-of-the-anaesthetic-management-of-non-iatrogenic-acute-adult-airway-trauma
#18
S J Mercer, C P Jones, M Bridge, E Clitheroe, B Morton, P Groom
INTRODUCTION: Non-iatrogenic trauma to the airway is rare and presents a significant challenge to the anaesthetist. Although guidelines for the management of the unanticipated difficult airway have been published, these do not make provision for the 'anticipated' difficult airway. This systematic review aims to inform best practice and suggest management options for different injury patterns. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using Embase, Medline, and Google Scholar for papers after the year 2000 reporting on the acute airway management of adult patients who suffered airway trauma...
September 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27563928/adult-status-epilepticus-a-review-of-the-prehospital-and-emergency-department-management
#19
REVIEW
Michael Billington, Osama R Kandalaft, Imoigele P Aisiku
Seizures are a common presentation in the prehospital and emergency department setting and status epilepticus represents an emergency neurologic condition. The classification and various types of seizures are numerous. The objectives of this narrative literature review focuses on adult patients with a presentation of status epilepticus in the prehospital and emergency department setting. In summary, benzodiazepines remain the primary first line therapeutic agent in the management of status epilepticus, however, there are new agents that may be appropriate for the management of status epilepticus as second- and third-line pharmacological agents...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27448995/mechanical-ventilation-strategies-for-intensive-care-unit-patients-without-acute-lung-injury-or-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
#20
Lei Guo, Weiwei Wang, Nana Zhao, Libo Guo, Chunjie Chi, Wei Hou, Anqi Wu, Hongshuang Tong, Yue Wang, Changsong Wang, Enyou Li
BACKGROUND: It has been shown that the application of a lung-protective mechanical ventilation strategy can improve the prognosis of patients with acute lung injury (ALI) or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). However, the optimal mechanical ventilation strategy for intensive care unit (ICU) patients without ALI or ARDS is uncertain. Therefore, we performed a network meta-analysis to identify the optimal mechanical ventilation strategy for these patients. METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) in the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Web of Science for studies published up to July 2015 in which pulmonary compliance or the partial pressure of arterial oxygen/fraction of inspired oxygen (PaO2/FIO2) ratio was assessed in ICU patients without ALI or ARDS, who received mechanical ventilation via different strategies...
July 22, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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