Best of #FOAMed #FOAMcc #POCUS – Sept (2)

This is a quick scout of what’s out there in the ever expanding world of FOAM! We will be broadcasting our podcast excerpt of this too…watch this space!

Congratulations to Rob MacSweeny on Critical Care Reviews 300th newsletter! Accolade!

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We continue to expand too, hitting 17th in the biggest Crit Care blogs out there. We are really pleased with this achievement. The Regional anaesthesia section is in development and we may have a Consultant lead for our ED section, bulking up the team!



Take a look at the fast lane!

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Keep the flow on sepsis and early!

The team at TBL review another paper on those good old sepsis bundles! Interesting stuff and I believe we looked at this in a previous episode. This important paper highlights that more rapid completion of a 3-hour bundle of sepsis care and rapid administration of antibiotics, but not rapid completion of an initial bolus of intravenous fluids, were associated with lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality. Have a look at Segun’s take on it here:

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Surely adding in a PPI is going to stop the stress!?

So you would think adding an infusion of PPI to EN in ventilated patients would decrease the risk of stress ulceration and subsequent G.I bleeding? Read on here…

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Are you immunosuppressed after sepsis..?

Some recover rapidly from sepsis and others remain chronically unwell…is there a reason?

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So pulse contour analysis is so simple!?

So a radial artery pulse contour analysis is is easy…nothing floating down into the pulmonary circulation…and no calibration. How does it compare to PICCO?

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So we are not crystal ball readers…we can categorically say it now!

I always say this to relatives when pushed to comment on outcome and mortality. ‘I’m not a crystal ball reader…’ This article shows we, a s clinicians may be bad judges of outcome!

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Look at the gases after arrest!!

A nice little paper here looking at the association between the state of your ABG after ROSC and mortality later down the line!

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TPD Vs CCE…that’s the question?

A nice paper here looking at transpulmonary thermodilution and trans thoracic FICE echo to evaluate circulatory shock. Were they matched and were they equally useful?

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They’re big…but will VL be superior to DL?

Another!! Everyone is looking to prove / disprove the fact VL is better for us! But…seems good old DL is still up top! The old adage of what you know best is best comes to mind!

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They’ve fought their way off the unit…but it shouldn’t end there!

There seems to be a lot out there on rehab in critical illness, whether intensive physiology in your bed, or exercise programmes once off the ventilator. But…we should now be looking at them on the wards too. Does it make a difference?

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Presepsin…better than the rest?

So we look at any biomarker we can that might just shed some light on the sepsis sequence. CRP, procalcitonin and many more are in the race to beat sepsis…but could preseason trump them?

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Get the public involved…people save people!

So getting the public involved in OOHCA might be a king grace….quite literally.

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Bring out the REBOA!

I’ve never seen or done this, but desperate times etc. This review looks at the utilisation of REBOA and whether it has saved lives or not. Read on…

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Here are some nice videos on REBOA!

It’s ACE-II prevent ARDS!

Athos 3 has been and gone, now we are looking at what the addition of exogenous ACE2 (GSK2586881) may have on patients with ARDS. Could it attenuate lung injury without compromising systemic hemodynamics?

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Haloperidol is out, then it was Dexmedetomidine…now Loxapine!

We are always looking to see how we can control agitation when we are desperately trying to wean patients from the ventilator. Haloperidol is frowned upon these days, then cam dexa. Loxapine is a new one and this RCT looks at it’s use for sedation…but was it any good? Read on!

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So you bleed…suggestions have come about that it may be more important to get FFP / platelets, (co-transfusion products if you like), in over RBC’s. In trauma, perhaps, but is this true to life though? Take a look!

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Fluid responsiveness using Echo…maybe it should be TOE?

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Oxygen…it’s toxic, even bugs hate it!

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POCUS too far?!!

Surely not….POCUS during CPR is becoming utilised more and more. But does it scupper you in any way….risk > benefit

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Have look…

POCUS for rapid line placement!

Great video to check out here.

Go higher!

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How we train in the UK…POCUS the chest!

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Don’t ignore the POCUS…..

Cynical regarding it’s usefulness, many are still and it takes a lot to convince some people. But…positive findings can’t be ignored!

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POCUS on dissection!

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Check out a resource list for POCUS

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Be certain and commit to POCUS!

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BART! No…not the Simpsons!

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If the ED could eat any cereal…it’s be Special K!

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There’s that encephalopathy!

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Nerves nerves nerves!

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Life threatening Asthma!

Thanks to EM3 for this brilliant reminder!

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See you for the next episode and do check out the podcast too.


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