A podcast dedicated to the teaching of critical care. The focus audience is physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, therapists, and paramedics. These are topics that arise while on teaching rounds in the Burn ICU at Vanderbilt Medical Center. A broad scope of critical care and prehospital topics are presented as well as recent journal articles and medical news.
In this episode we talk about the results of the CRASH-2 trial published in Lancet. This trial showed that the EARLY use of Tranexamic acid may improve survivial, but delayed use may be associated with an increased mortality.
If you are using ultrasound to evaluate IVC diamter in children, what is considered a normal IVC diameter? You can determine the IVC/Ao ratio or correct the IVC diamter based on the child's body surface area.
This is a condition that mimics acute coronary syndrome (ACS) that may be caused by acute emotional or physical stress. Patient's may appear to have profound cardiogenic shock, but these patients have a very high survivial rate with little more than supportive care.
This podcast is a description of how lactate is produced and metabolized. I will discuss the role of lactate in the diagnosis and management of shock. This podcast will focus on Type A lactic acidosis.
Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest is part of ACLS and is used by several EMS agencies around the US. Despite good data and improved patient outcomes, many providers fail to used this modality. This podcast will focus on a presentation of the data, methods of cooling, and potential complications.
This is the third in the series on severe pancreatitis and necrotizing pancreatitis. This episode reviews the indications for surgery, morbidity and mortality of surgery, and what are the surgical options.
Acute Colonic Pseudoobstruction (ACPO) is commonly called Ogilvies Syndrome. ACPO presents massive dilation in critically ill patients, and might result in invasive procedures to avoid ischemia or perforation of the colon.
This is an interview that I did on www.medtalknetwork.com with Dr. Brian Cotton. Dr. Cotton recently left Vanderbilt to take a new position at UT Houston. He is an excellent teacher and his opinions on fluids resuscitation are cutting edge.
Peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) the center of a great deal of discussion of ventilator management. Knowing the factors that increase or decrease PIP are important to those managing critically ill patient. This podcast is steeped in physiology and perhaps more difficult than my typical podcasts. PIP= [Tv/ (Compliance Lung & Thorax)] + (Resistance of airway + flow )
The US government last week released a report that the threat of a nuclear device used in an act of terrorism is high in the next couple of years. In this episode we discuss the some concepts of the medical care required to those exposed to radiation as well as blast injuries. I hope this is information that none of you will ever need.
Tight glucose control has been widely introduced into critical care.
This meta-analysis, recently published in JAMA, critically evaluates
the effects of these trials in reduction of sepsis as well as
mortality. The results might surprise you.
It is Sunday 8.31.08 and for hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the city of New Orleans. This podcast will discuss the basic elements of disaster planning and management. (This was reposted due to some technical problems with the server.)
Crush syndrome is a common cause of death following earth quakes, mine and building collapses. Traumatic rhabdomyolysis may also be seen following electrical injury or severe trauma. (This is a reposting due to some previous technical problems with the server.)
The management of pain is a key element of the care of all patients-- ICU or not. Often providers have little understanding of the concepts and medications of pain management. This episode serves as an introduction.