Extracorpreal membrane oxygenation is a temporizing mechanical support to heart or lung function in the setting of cardiopulmonary failure. In the setting of severe respiratory failure, patients that may benefit from and/or have an indication for ECMO are described in the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Respiratory Failure Supplement to ESLO General Guideline, December 2013:
25-35% of patients with chronic liver disease with experience variceal bleeding. This post is designed to provide high-yield pearls in the evaluation and acute management of variceal bleeding.
Antibiotic use in patients with upper GI bleeding and concomitant liver cirrhosis is standard of care. However, have you ever wondered where that recommendation comes from and what exactly the benefits are?
Planning your next trip to the Rocky Mountains? Treating patients on base camp of Mount Everest? Here are the high-yield basics of High Altitude Illness including Acute Mountain Sickness, High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).