Tuesday

Direct Measurement of Compartment Pressure Using a Stryker Device

Acute compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency.  Measurements of compartment pressures are an important adjunct to making the diagnosis. Check out this post for a video demonstration on how to operate the Stryker Device

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Advanced Practice: Supportive Management of Critical Illness in Pregnancy

The nurse calls you to the room of a 34 year old crashing patient....and she happens to be pregnant.  Here are the pearls for resuscitation and management of the critically ill pregnant patient. 

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Advanced Practice: N-acetyl cysteine for non-acetaminophen induced acute liver failure!

N-acetyl cysteine has a well established role in the early treatment of acetaminophen poisoning, but does it have any value in the treatment of other causes of acute liver failure? Read on for a quick summary of two studies, summarized by our own Dr. Poonam Kothari...

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Advanced Practice: Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy

A very gravid patient arrives in your ED after sudden cardiac arrest. You begin to panic as you wonder what differences you need to consider for a pregnant patient in cardiac arrest. Lucky for you, you are an avid EM Daily reader!

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Advanced Practice: Balanced Electrolyte Soluton vs Normal Saline in the Critically Ill

You are resuscitating a septic patient in the emergency department and are about to click on the order for a fluid bolus. You are confronted with several options for isotonic crystalloid including normal saline, lactated ringer's, and something called "Plasma-Lyte A." A New England Journal article, hot off of the presses, will almost certainly influence this decision in the coming months and years. Read on for a synopsis of this certain-to-be controversial paper.

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