The ED-AWARENESS Study

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Ventilated ED patients may be at high risk for awareness with paralysis, thereby increasing the risk of long-term psychological sequelae.  In this podcast, we discuss the results of the recently published ED-AWARENESS Study and its implications for managing the ventilated ED patient.

The TTM2 Trial

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Current international guidelines recommend TTM for adult patients with ROSC from OHCA who remain comatose or unable to follow verbal commands.  However, the overall level of evidence for this recommendation remains of low certainty.  In this podcast, we discuss the results of the recently published TTM2 Trial and its implications on the management of post-cardiac arrest patients.

Mechanical Ventilation in the Patient with ARDS

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More than 3 million patients develop ARDS each year across the globe.  Like any therapy, mechanical ventilation can induce further lung injury and cause patient harm if misapplied.  In this podcast we bring you up to speed on the latest, evidence-based titration of mechanical ventilation in patients with ARDS.

ECMO for Cardiac Arrest and Massive PE

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Despite continued advances in resuscitation, favorable outcomes for patients with OHCA who receive standard resuscitation remain dismal.  In recent years there has been significant interest in the use of ECMO for OHCA.  However, the evidence demonstrating the efficacy of ECMO in OHCA remains limited.  In this podcast we review the recent ARREST Trial, which evaluated ECMO-facilitated resuscitation in OHCA.  In …

COVID-19 Updates March 2021

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In recent weeks, there have been several important studies and guidelines published that have served to improve our understanding of treating critically ill patients with COVID-19 infection.  In this podcast, we highlight the latest update from the SSC and discuss studies on convalescent plasma and IL-6 antagonists.

The HOT-ICU Study

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Critically ill patients with acute hypoxic respiratory failure receive supplemental oxygen as a component of their treatment.  In recent years, exposure to high levels of FiO2 with resultant “hyperoxia” have been associated with increased mortality in critically ill patients.  At present, there is no clinical practice guideline on oxygenation targets for adult patients with hypoxic respiratory failure.  In this podcast, we discuss the …

The Critically Ill Patient with Aortic Stenosis

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Patients with severe aortic stenosis who present with acute decompensated heart failure are among the most challenging patients to resuscitate.  In this podcast, we discuss the pearls and pitfalls in managing both the hypertensive and hypotensive patient with severe AS and acute heart failure.

2020 – A Year in Review

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To say that 2020 has been a challenging year would be a gross understatement.  The courage and determination that all healthcare providers have shown in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of inspirational.  In addition to the thousands of COVID-19 patients, we have also needed to manage many other critical illness conditions that have presented to our various settings.  In this annual …

2020 AHA Updates: Post-Arrest Care

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The period following ROSC from cardiac arrest is a time when lives can be saved…or lost.  A systematic and comprehensive approach to post-arrest care is associated with improved survival to discharge with good neurologic function.  In this podcast, we discuss the recently published 2020 AHA Updates to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care with attention to Post-Arrest care.

2020 AHA Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

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Approximately 350,000 adults in the US experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).  Despite numerous potential improvements in treatments, survival from OHCA remains essentially unchanged since 2012. The American Heart Association (AHA) just released its 2020 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.  In this podcast, we review the key updates and recommendations that impact the acute care provider managing the patient …