Best #FOAMed Finds – October (3)

Heaps again!! There’s ESICM, amazing meetings, loads of cracking publications, the usual POCUS parties, Humour, downloads and infographics to keep you right up to date in the world of Critical Care!


GPICS-2 is out

Please have a look and comment on this vital document regarding provision of ITU in the UK.

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A Shock!!

We want to point out ICU Management’s feature on shock. Well worth a read and we are in this edition too….as well as Manu Malbrain with his take on shock resuscitation.

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See what Adrian Wong and I say on the use of POCUS in shock here

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The Campaign continues…

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iFAD does Amsterdam

One not to be missed. Click the pic to register!

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Papers and Publications!


Jonny’s Top Papers from Critical Care Reviews

Please visit Rob MacSweeny’s site here

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Dave Lyness does May & June 2018 trials

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Wash your mouth out!

A great publication on an area we thought would give us the answer to decreasing VAP’s and other antibiotic resistant conditions.

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Do you believe…as Cher would say!

Vitamin C in sepsis…yes, no, yes, no…but here is an interesting analysis of it all.

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What can we do with the immunocompromised and ARF?

Difficult one, as from experience, more often than not, but he time we are thinking about the need for IMV it’s too late. But what strategies staved off this need more than others?

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Let’s attack oxygen therapy again!

A series of excellent review articles on the hazards of evil O2 therapy! Makes you wonder why we are so reliant upon it! Hypoxia is a killer…but hyperoxia is too!!

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Here are the associated infographics

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PReVENT came out!

Question  In patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) who received invasive ventilation for reasons other than acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), is a ventilation strategy with low tidal volume more effective than a strategy using intermediate tidal volume with respect to the number of ventilator-free days and alive at day 28?

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And here is Dave Lyness’s take on it all!

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…then comes lessons from this and other ARDS trials from a JAMA editorial

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Check out all you need to know regarding the big outcome data of so many trials!!!

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POLAR might answer all our questions?!

This trial came out and everyone got excited regarding it’s answers….were they definitive. Click our infographic to take you to Celia Bradford’s take on the paper with TBL!

Clinical Question

In patients with severe blunt traumatic brain injury (TBI) does early and sustained cooling compared with standard care improve neurological outcomes at 6 months?

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You must see this – missed ESICM Lives…don’t panic!

What a meeting!! The social media team did an amazing job of collating vital bits of info for us and you will find much of it below! Well done to them all!

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Scribbled Dixie Notes

Here are Aoife’s moments…you must see these!

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Dave Lyness, as ever, has worked tirelessly to bring us some key slides from the conference. Great work buddy!

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Adrian Wong takes us through pitfalls of admitting the elderly to ICU

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The case of the beaver’s tail!!

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Did you know that ultrasound probes have their own anatomy!?

Beautiful post from Jason Bowman and the crew at EMSPOCUS

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POCUS Posters from ESICM

Click to see Adrian Wong’s excellent work and summaries on some of the great stuff from ESICM, if you couldn’t make it out there!

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Bladder diverticulum

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Sparkling Myocardium – amyloidosis


Abdo swelling!

Thanks to Sanjay Patel for this


Cervical spine on US!

Thanks to Sergi Pie for this

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Now…are we sliding?!

Take a look….would you say ‘No’ and decompress??

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Gastric US

Helpful to the anaesthesiologist pre-op!

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Look like anything??


Unsure about the lung point…just add colour!

Thx VCU Ultrasound!


Get your terminology in order!

Great pointer to all that is POCUS chat!

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BP control and monitoring

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M.I…a whole lotta trouble peri-op!

Thx Naveen Eipe

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Fluids are drugs…we’ve said that before!

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Watch those cords!

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Help the aged!

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A hole lot better!

Thx to Chris Prabhakar

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The most amazing history of ultrasound!!

Click the first pic to take you to Ladvic’s amazing site! I loved these summaries….brilliant!

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Penetrating neck trauma

Thanks to FRCEM success for this

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Sobering stats on ARDS

Thanks to Dave Lyness for this.

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Downloads & Presentations

Ultrasound iBooks!

Check out these fabulous ultrasound resources for Crit care. Free iBooks!! From from editors , , and Bob Jones.

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Non-invasive echo haemodynamics

Thanks to Hatem Aboumarie for these

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On a humour note – POCUS is included in the mantra!

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Anatomy of the Anaesthetist

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4H’s and 4T’s!!

Amazing stuff from Artibiotic!


Check out Youvent!

A great resource for all that is mechanical ventilation.

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That’s all for now,

All the best,



Coming soon:

  1. Butterfly IQ review
  2. Quick draw Anatomy for anaesthetists book review
  3. Acute Medicine book review
  4. Albumin – protein or pain?

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