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Appreciating Our Nurses: Role of the ICU Physician

The last couple years have been challenging for all health-care personnel.Improving morale is something that I have worked on substantially in my practice. Many of us could do more in appreciating our nurses. Nurse retention is a problem everywhere.I am married to an ICU nurse for some additional context.A paper looking at this was published …

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Resuscitation in Acute Pancreatitis: IV Fluids

A paper regarding to acute pancreatitis was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on 15 September of 2022. It is titled "aggressive or moderate fluid resuscitation and acute pancreatitis". Hat tips to the authors. I would tell you to read this article for yourself but, unfortunately, it is hidden behind the pay wall …

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When to Take Cardiac Arrest Patients to the Cath Lab

A patient has a cardiac arrest and ROSC was achieved.They present to the ER or ICU.Suspicion is high that this was a cardiac insult.The EKG, though, does not show a STEMI.Troponins are elevated. The patient has a cardiac history.Have you ever wondered why intensivists never ask cardiology to take the patient to the cath lab …

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Bicarb in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA): One Minute Journal Club

This is a one minute journal club. This is not medical advice. The full breakdown in below this snippet.Read the data for yourself.Should we provide our DKA patients with sodium bicarbonate (bicarb) to improve their pH?We want to make the numbers pretty.We want to fix the acidosis faster, but does this work?The first thing people …

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How to Stay Up To Date with the Critical Care Medical Literature

Many people over the years have asked me how I stay up to date with the medical literature. Particularly, they tend to mean how I stay up to date in critical care. Hopefully, this post will explain things. Several years ago I created a youtube video which is linked below. I value staying up to …

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Vasopressin & Methylprednisolone: Time to Add Them to ACLS Protocols?

My love for ACLS goes back far in my career. I fondly recall taking an ACLS/BLS course after completing medical school and prior to starting residency. It was a small class, just a couple students. The instructor was a charismatic firefighter (who I remain friends with to this day) who noted that I was particularly …

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Intensivists- by Kurt Laipple

For over 100 years, hyperbaric chambers have been used as an evidenced based treatment for diving emergencies. However, hyperbaric indications are typically not common knowledge outside of diving and outpatient wound care fields. This primer is intended to help intensivists understand hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) indications and challenges relevant to critical care. Cite this post …

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In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest! No Access. Place an IV or an IO?

CODE BLUE! Run! Run! Arrive and the patient has no IV access. What should we do next? Place a peripheral IV or place an intraosseous access? Which will lead to better outcomes? These authors took a retrospective look at in-hospital cardiac arrest at one center. They looked at a total of 1039 patients when it …

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