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practice updates

Bleeding in the Patient with Renal Failure

"Within the next decade, the incidence of CKD is expected to nearly double" In this article, Matt Smetana, DO describes the common manifestations of hemorrhage in uremic patients, and then outlines strategies to stop the bleeding.

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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, pus...

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Wellens’ Syndrome

"One of the essential instant recognition abnormalities on ECG"Knowing how to spot Wellens' morphology is crucial, but knowing when to expect those ECG changes is the other half of the battle. In this excellent article, Brendon Browning, DO covers the intricacies of this deadly entity, including diagnostic criteria, management pitfalls, and how to identify mimics.

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Dengue Fever

"Hundreds of thousands of cases of hemorrhagic fever yearly"Kyle Brown, MD discusses dengue (aka "breakbone") fever in this detailed review, including characteristics of high-risk patients, criteria for making the diagnosis clinically, and current treatment recommendations.

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Ventricular Assist Device Management

"Some will not have a palpable pulse, and unfortunately, manual BP cannot be obtained. In addition, pulse oximetry is unreliable"No pulse? No problem! Manpreet Singh, MD covers a stepwise approach to troubleshooting ventricular assist device complications in the emergency department.

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Novel Anticoagulants and Bleeding in the Emergency Department

"Balance between bleeding and thrombosis"Novel medications like dabigatran and rivaroxaban are increasingly being used to treat patients requiring anticoagulation, but management of bleeding can be a real challenge. Jake Rabe, MD discusses recent trials and reversal strategies.

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Blast Injuries

"The clinical picture is a mix of ARDS and air embolism"Zara Mathews, MD covers the subject of blast injuries, including a review of the basics, important updates in the workup of these patients (for example, tympanic membrane rupture is not a great predictor of injury), and common pitfalls in management.