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.
You scroll through the CT head of your cirrhotic trauma patient and note the pictured findings. He takes no blood thinners. His INR is 1.9 and platelets are 85. The neurosurgeon is recommending you “reverse his underlying coagulopathy.” Read ahead for tips for what to do next!
While the Cooper EM residents and faculty not on duty flock to the Eagles Super Bowl celebration parade in Philadelphia, EMDaily presents a brief review by our own Dr. Reid Phillips of two articles examining the efficacy of fresh-frozen plasma for the treatment of ACE-I induced angioedema. Can this simple therapy help prevent an airway disaster? Read on to find out!
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.