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Sepsis Biomarkers: What’s New?

Sepsis is a common disease, but sometimes, we need some assistance with the diagnosis and resuscitation of these patients. Can biomarkers help us, or are we wasting time using these measures? What's wrong with just the time-honored history and exam?

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RUSH ("Rapid Ultrasound for Shock") Protocol

"The RUSH exam provides a framework for approaching the non-traumatic patient in the emergency department presenting with undifferentiated hypotension"
Olabiyi Akala, MD summarizes this set of ultrasound techniques that can help you rapidly determine the etiology of shock in a crashing patient.

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Intubating the Critically Ill Patient

"Two independent variables associated with post-ETI arrest: Pre-induction shock index and weight"

Intubating beyond the ABCs: Learn how to support your crashing patient while providing definitive airway management. Zach Radwine, MD covers identification of patients at risk for hypotension, dealing with hemodynamic instability, and how to address the numerous complications that may arise.

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Push-Dose Pressors

"Despite the multitude of studies, the excellent results, and the commonplace use by anesthesiologists for decades, the use of push-dose pressors has not yet made its way into standard emergency medicine practice"
For a patient in shock, or with anticipated instability during procedural sedation, push-dose pressors can be a lifesaver. Brendon Browning, DO covers administration of pressors under circumstances in which central lines and infusions either aren't available or aren't needed.