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By Struan Reid Emergency Care Practitioner in South Africa with a passion for advanced airway management.
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
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
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
Fatima Rodriguez, Kenneth W Mahaffey
Non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease worldwide. The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology periodically release practice guidelines to guide clinicians in the management of NSTE-ACS, most recently in in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The present review compares and contrasts the 2 guidelines, with a focus on the strength of recommendation and level of evidence in the approach to initial presentation and diagnosis of NSTE-ACS, risk assessment, treatments, and systems of care...
July 19, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Edward James Walter, Mike Carraretto
An elevated temperature has many aetiologies, both infective and non-infective, and while the fever of sepsis probably confers benefit, there is increasing evidence that the central nervous system is particularly vulnerable to damage from hyperthermia. A single episode of hyperthermia may cause short-term neurological and cognitive dysfunction, which may be prolonged or become permanent. The cerebellum is particularly intolerant to the effects of heat. Hyperthermia in the presence of acute brain injury worsens outcome...
July 14, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Andrew R Coggins, Erin N Cummins, Brian Burns
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) therapy is widely used for the management of acute respiratory failure. The objective of this study was to investigate the current use of NIV during interhospital retrievals in an Australian physician-led aeromedical service. METHODS: We reviewed patients receiving NIV during interhospital retrieval at the Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Medical Services (GSA-HEMS) over a 14-month period. The main objectives were to describe the number of retrievals using NIV, the need for intubation in NIV patients and the effect of the therapy on mission duration...
July 1, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Richard L Page, José A Joglar, Mary A Caldwell, Hugh Calkins, Jamie B Conti, Barbara J Deal, N A Mark Estes, Michael E Field, Zachary D Goldberger, Stephen C Hammill, Julia H Indik, Bruce D Lindsay, Brian Olshansky, Andrea M Russo, Win-Kuang Shen, Cynthia M Tracy, Sana M Al-Khatib
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 5, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Shailesh Bihari, David J Teubner, Shivesh Prakash, Thomas Beatty, Mark Morphett, Rinaldo Bellomo, Andrew Bersten
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present paper is to study the indications for fluid bolus therapy (FBT) and its associated physiological changes in ED patients. METHODS: Prospective observational study of FBT in a tertiary ED, we recorded indications, number, types and volumes, resuscitation goals and perceived success rates of FBT. Moreover, we studied key physiological variables before, 10 min, 1 h and 2 h after FBT. RESULTS: We studied 500 FBT episodes (750 [500-1250] mL)...
October 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Samy Sadek, David J Lockey, Robbie A Lendrum, Zane Perkins, Jonathan Price, Gareth Edward Davies
This report describes the first use of Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) in the pre-hospital setting to control catastrophic haemorrhage. The patient, who had fallen 15 meters, suffered catastrophic internal haemorrhage associated with a pelvic fracture. He was treated by London's Air Ambulance's Physician-Paramedic team. This included insertion of a REBOA balloon catheter at the scene to control likely fatal exsanguination. The patient survived transfer to hospital, emergency angio-embolization and subsequent surgery...
October 2016: Resuscitation
Jarrod M Mosier, Cameron D Hypes, John C Sakles
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 24, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
Tae Hoon Kim, Sung Oh Hwang, Yong Sung Cha, Oh Hyun Kim, Kang Hyun Lee, Hyun Kim, Kyoung-Chul Cha
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to investigate the feasibility of noninvasive nasal positive pressure ventilation (NINPPV) for optimizing oxygenation during the rapid sequence intubation in critically ill patients. METHODS: A prospective, observational study was performed in an emergency department. Noninvasive nasal positive pressure ventilation was applied in the preoxygenation step and maintained until successful intubation. A pulse oximetry (Spo2) was continuously monitored throughout the procedure and recorded 5 times...
August 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sumeet Reddy, Laurence Weinberg, Paul Young
This article is one of ten reviews selected from the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency medicine 2016. Other selected articles can be found online at Further information about the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine is available from
2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Stefano C Sabato, Elliot Long
The 'Can't Intubate Can't Oxygenate' emergency is rare in children. Nevertheless, airway clinicians involved in pediatric airway management must be able to rescue the airway percutaneously through the front of the neck should this situation be encountered. Little evidence exists in children to guide rescue techniques, and extrapolation of adult evidence may be problematic due to anatomical differences. This document reviews the currently available evidence, and presents a practical approach to standardizing equipment, techniques, and training for managing the 'Can't Intubate Can't Oxygenate' emergency in children...
August 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Scott D Weingart
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
W C Bowman
Descriptions of the South American arrow poisons known as curares were reported by explorers in the 16th century, and their site of action in producing neuromuscular block was determined by Claude Bernard in the mid-19th century. Tubocurarine, the most important curare alkaloid, played a large part in experiments to determine the role of acetylcholine in neuromuscular transmission, but it was not until after 1943 that neuromuscular blocking drugs became established as muscle relaxants for use during surgical anaesthesia...
January 2006: British Journal of Pharmacology
Gavin Denton, Laura Howard
A shortcut review of the literature was carried out to establish whether the use of apnoeic oxygenation technique during endotracheal intubation reduces the incidence of critical desaturation. Four trials were found to be directly relevant to the three-part question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. The clinical bottom line is that there is emerging evidence that the use of apnoeic oxygenation decreases the incidence of critical desaturation during endotracheal intubation...
July 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Amie Lucia, Susan E Dantoni
Trauma continues to be a leading cause of nonobstetric maternal and fetal mortality worldwide. Caring for the pregnant trauma patient requires a systematic and multidisciplinary approach. It is important to understand the anatomic and physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy. Accepted trauma guidelines for imaging and interventions should generally not be deviated from just because a patient is pregnant. Focus should be placed on injury prevention and education of at risk patients to decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with traumatic injuries in pregnant patients...
January 2016: Critical Care Clinics
Rajesh Maheshwari, Mark Tracy, Nadia Badawi, Murray Hinder
Neonatal endotracheal intubation is commonly accompanied by significant disturbances in physiological parameters. The procedure is often poorly tolerated, and multiple attempts are commonly required before the airway is secured. Adverse physiological effects include hypoxemia, bradycardia, hypertension, elevation in intracranial pressure and possibly increase in pulmonary vascular resistance. Use of premedications to facilitate intubation has been shown to reduce but not eliminate these effects. Other important preventative factors include adequate training of the operators and guidelines to limit the duration of attempts...
May 2016: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Adnan I Qureshi, Yuko Y Palesch, William G Barsan, Daniel F Hanley, Chung Y Hsu, Renee L Martin, Claudia S Moy, Robert Silbergleit, Thorsten Steiner, Jose I Suarez, Kazunori Toyoda, Yongjun Wang, Haruko Yamamoto, Byung-Woo Yoon
Background Limited data are available to guide the choice of a target for the systolic blood-pressure level when treating acute hypertensive response in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. Methods We randomly assigned eligible participants with intracerebral hemorrhage (volume, <60 cm(3)) and a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score of 5 or more (on a scale from 3 to 15, with lower scores indicating worse condition) to a systolic blood-pressure target of 110 to 139 mm Hg (intensive treatment) or a target of 140 to 179 mm Hg (standard treatment) in order to test the superiority of intensive reduction of systolic blood pressure to standard reduction; intravenous nicardipine to lower blood pressure was administered within 4...
September 15, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Piotr Ponikowski, Adriaan A Voors, Stefan D Anker, Héctor Bueno, John G F Cleland, Andrew J S Coats, Volkmar Falk, José Ramón González-Juanatey, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Ewa A Jankowska, Mariell Jessup, Cecilia Linde, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, John T Parissis, Burkert Pieske, Jillian P Riley, Giuseppe M C Rosano, Luis M Ruilope, Frank Ruschitzka, Frans H Rutten, Peter van der Meer
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August 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
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