Intubation is a potentially dangerous procedure which may result in rapid hemodynamic collapse and cardiac arrest in the critically ill. This week we summarize the results of a large retrospective study to determine the clinical factors associated with cardiac arrest after intubation.
32 year-old female wtih no PMH presents with headache, nausea, and blurred vision for 2 days. Vitals normal except for BP of 155/100 and an unremarkable exam. She starts to have a seizure as her husband holding their newborn baby walk into the room. Diagnosis? (scroll down for answer)
You are caring for a sick patient with an acute COPD exacerbation. What O2 sat should you target? What meds should you give? If you have to intubate, what are the issues you'll have to deal with? This week we glean some valuable management pearls for the management acute COPD exacerbations from this month's Internal Medicine module at Cooper.