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For some spaced repetition, here’s a review of this week’s content:
All That “Bladerdash” by Viren Kaul
- Mac and miller blades are introduced in Rose/sniffing position while hyperangulated blades are deployed with the neck in neutral position
- Tip of the Mac blade should be placed in the vallecula, while the Miller blade in positioned under (posterior) to the epiglottis
- A “great” view with the hyperangulated blade can lead to difficult tube introduction: “The objects are closer than they appear on the screen!”
Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury (BCVI) by Zaf Qasim
- Suspect BCVI in your blunt multi-trauma patients, as missing this injury carries significant risk of stroke and/or mortality
- Complex head, neck, and thoracic injuries should raise your suspicion for this injury
- Add a CTA of the neck to screen for BCVI in addition to other indicated imaging
- Early consultation with trauma and neurosurgical services allows tailored treatment
Consequences of Cardiopulmonary Bypass by Colin McCloskey
- Cardiopulmonary bypass allows an arrested heart and a bloodless field for cardiac surgical procedures
- The insults of cardiac surgery, cardioplegia, and the non-physiologic state of CPB cause a predictable cascade of pathophysiological effects that lead to end organ complications.
#WhatsTheDx? Question and #WhatsTheDx? Answer by Haney Mallemat
- Check out this incredible case and try to figure out what caused it!
The Vitals: Oxygen Delivery Equation by Shyam Murali
- Break down the delivery of oxygen equation into its components and learn about how to optimize each part in your crashing patient
- Important parameters to optimize include: stroke volume, heart rate, hemoglobin, and SaO2.
Tandem Codes: A Novel Cardiac Arrest Care Model in COVID-19 by Harman Gill
- Here’s a new cardiac arrest management paradigm in which a physician and nurse work in tandem to provide the best care for the patient, while keeping the staff safe.
- Make sure to practice this model in the sim lab as well as in situ
How to Become a Diuretic Ninja by Sharad Patel
- There are many strategies to fluid diuresis:
- Attain negative sodium and fluid balance while augmenting the correction of hyperkalemia and acidemia
- Attain negative sodium and fluid balance correcting hyponatremia and acidemia
- Achieve a negative sodium balance while preventing further hypokalemia and alkalemia
- Achieve negative sodium balance while preventing further hypokalemia, alkalemia, and hypernatremia