Journal Feed Weekly Wrap-Up

We always work hard, but we may not have time to read through a bunch of journals. It’s time to learn smarter. 

Originally published at JournalFeed, a site that provides daily or weekly literature updates. 

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#1: Is Ketamine the New Go-To Drug for Status Epilepticus?

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In children with refractory status epilepticus, around 3/4 of patients who were started on a ketamine infusion had seizure termination or improvement.

Ketamine for Management of Neonatal and Pediatric Refractory Status Epilepticus. Neurology. 2022 Sep 20. Doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000200889

#2: Hypo-K+ Equals Hypo-Mg++…Right??

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This retrospective single-center study found that hypokalemic patients who received magnesium within 4 hours of their potassium supplementation had no significant difference in time to serum potassium normalization.

The Effects of Magnesium Coadminstration During Treatment of Hypokalemia in the Emergency Department. J Emerg Med. 2022 Oct 11:S0736-4679(22)00347-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2022.06.007. Epub ahead of print.

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Endovascular thrombectomy was associated with improved functional neurologic outcomes compared to best medical care for patients with basilar-artery occlusion who presented within 12 hours of stroke onset. However, thrombectomy was also associated with significant procedural complications and an increased risk of intracranial hemorrhage.

Trial of Endovascular Treatment of Acute Basilar-Artery Occlusion. N Engl J Med. 2022 Oct 13;387(15):1361-1372. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2206317.


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