Albumin..do we, don’t we?!

  What does it do?! Albumin has loads of physiological effects: Regulating colloid osmotic pressure Binding and transporting drugs and hormones in the blood Antioxidant properties Nitric oxide modulation Maintenance of microvascular integrity Buffering Particularly relevant in critically ill patients. We also know that low serum albumin levels, commonly found in the critically ill, may... Continue Reading →

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Best #FOAMed #FOAMcc #POCUS finds – July (1)

Still melting in the sun? Watching England apparently playing football for once....need a break from all of this? Then read on and absorb the best POCUS, papers, resources and much more from the FOAMEd world! Buckle up! News! Jeremy Hunt stepped out of his role as UK health secretary..... Dave Lyness does ITU trials April... Continue Reading →

BNP elevated – what now!??

Your patient is sitting in front of you about to undergo major surgery. You get a 'sniff', that they may have heart failure in their background history and you want reassurance that they are safe to undergo the procedure. Then, you see the BNP level in the blood profile, it's elevated....what now?!! What is BNP?... Continue Reading →

Management of AF on ITU #FOAMed #FOAMcc

  Background This is designed as a quick guide to the management of this common ITU condition. Click here for the original NICE guidance for AF New Onset AF (NOAF) Usually prequelled with some previous risk factors: Age Poor LV function LA dilatation Thyroid disease Alcohol consumption Hypertension Atrial fibrillation with fast ventricular rate Cardiac... Continue Reading →

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