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Prehospital POCUS: Why I love it! Real Clinical Scenario.

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73 yrs old male found unconscious by his wife. CPR started by a neighbour with pre arrival CPR instructions provided by dispatcher. We found him in asystolic cardiac arrest. Established mechanical chest compressions (MCC), ventilated through an 8.0 ET tube, placed an intraosseus access, 10 min of ALS and 2 mg of epinephrine later, on the monitor appears an organised rhythm at 40 bpm (narrow junctional shape), NO CENTRAL PULSE. After 2 min (CPR still going) same rhythm stil NO CENTRAL PULSE but this time, during the MCC pause, a subcostal view of the heart was obtained (sorry for the quality of the images but were recorded during the code and I’m not an expert but just an ultrasound user) 

As you can see the heart is moving and the right ventricle is almost the double of the left one. Due also to the clinical history of a recent surgical knee replacement the most probable origine of the cardiac arrest is PE. We decided to continue chest compressions, but to stop epinephrine at 1 mg dose, starting push doses of 0,1 mg till the return of a central pulse. After 5 min a strong carotid pulse appeared and this is the ultrasound view of the heart at that moment

  

The patient arrived to the hospital sedated and paralysed in assisted pressure control ventilation. You can see on the monitor the rest of vital signs.

No follow up yet.

You can read more about PEA and Pseudo-PEA on MEDEST

Forget ACLS guidelines if you are dealing with Pulseless Electric Activity. Part 1.

Forget ALS Guidelines when dealing with PEA. Part 2.

“Best Practice” preospedaliera: Arresto cardiaco da trauma

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Tra tutte le “Best Practices”, quella che rappresenta più di tutte un cambio radicale di mentalità nell’approccio clinico e terapeutico, è la gestione dell’arresto cardiaco da causa traumatica. Vi prego quindi di leggere attentamente le raccomandzioni raccolte nel documento sottostante e di non esitare a esprimere le vostre riflessioni nei commenti.

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“Best Practice” preospedaliera: Arresto cardiaco nel neonato

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La quarta della serie riguarda l’arresto cardiaco nel neonato.

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“Best Practice” preospedaliera: Arresto cardiaco in età pediatrica

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La terza della serie riguarda l’arresto cardiaco in età pediatrica.

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“Best Practice” preospedaliera: Arresto cardiaco in gravidanza

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La seconda della serie riguarda l’arresto cardiaco in gravidanza.

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“Best Practice” preospedaliera

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La prima riguarda l’arresto cardiaco nel paziente adulto da causa non traumatica.

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F.A.R. in E.M. (Focus Assessed Review in Emergency Medicine ) #4: Stroke. Bonus feature, 2015 ACEP Clinical Policy on Use of Intravenous tPA for the Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Emergency Department

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MEDEST F.A.RAnd here we are with the 4th episode of the F.A.R. series. If you accidentally lost the first two episodes you can find them here:
#1 Cardiac Arrest
#2 Airway Management
In this episode we’ll explore the best articles of 2014 about:

Stroke

Before starting we have to declare (if you are not aware of) that MEDEST is quite skeptical about the previous studies that are at the basis of thrombolytic therapy (Lo strano caso del trombolitico nell’ictus cerebrale ischemico, Pubblicate le nuove linee guida AHA/ASA sul trattamento precoce dello Stroke: nessuna nuova ed ancora qulache dubbio!, L’uso del trombolitico nello stroke. Stiamo giocando con la salute dei nostri pazienti?, rt-PA e Stroke: IST-3 l’analisi dei risultati). This can represent a potential bias on the choice of the articles. We also think that the actual evidences, and the consequent guidelines, are strongly influenced by commercial interests and not well supported from evidences that demonstrates how benefits outweight harms. We hope that 2015 will be the first year of a new era for stroke management, an era of well done studies producing strong evidences to achieve good neurological targets in all stroke patients.

In the first part we mention the litterature about thrombolytic therapy

And then the articles about endovascular therapy:

And now as anticipated in the title the 2015 ACEP Clinical Policy on Use of Intravenous tPA for the Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Emergency Department. Those freshly published guidelines give answer at two of most recurrent questions on stroke treatment:

  1. Is IV tPA safe and effective for acute ischemic stroke patients if given within 3 hours of symptom onset?
  2. Is IV tPA safe and effective for acute ischemic stroke patients treated between 3 to 4.5 hours after symptom onset?
Download and read the full policy to discover the recommendations made and based on the strength of the available data.
DISCLOSURE: MEDEST strongly encourage AWARNESS reading the propoused articles.
Abstracts are often misleading and articles potentially biased. Even this selection is not immune from potential bias (just human factors not commercial interests).
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F.A.R. in E.M. (Focus Assessed Review in Emergency Medicine ) #3: Trauma

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MEDEST F.A.RAnd here we are with the 3th episode of the F.A.R. series. If you accidentally lost the first two episodes you can find them here:
#1 Cardiac Arrest
#2 Airway Management
In this episode we’ll explore the best articles of 2014 about:

Trauma

Before approaching specific arguments about trauma here are some fundamental articles to read about new emerging concepts in trauma care. Those are the clinical and physiological bases to understand what is happening in the actual trauma management scene.

And now let’s go to specific area of interest:

  • Spine immobilization

Spine immobilization in trauma is changing.

After years of dogmatic approach to strict spine immobilization for all trauma patients regardless any other factor, is now pretty clear that not all the trauma patients benefits from this all or nothing way of thinking. MEDEST already faced the argument in previous posts (The Death of the Cervical Collar?) as also did some prehospital consensus guidelines (Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Consensus Statements).

In 2014 many articles treated this topic in a critical and modern way of re-thinking spinal immobilization, in particular the widespread use of cervical collar. The lessons we learned is that:

  1. Widespread use of cervical collar in neck trauma has to be carefully evaluated (and even avoided) due to the low incidence of unstable spinal lesions.
  2. Routine use of cervical collar is of unclear benefit and supported by weak evidences. A new selective approach has to be implemented based on prehospital clearance protocols.

What is “revolution” in clinical practice? We don’t have the answer to this dilemma, but what is happening in fluid resuscitation for trauma patients seems likely to be revolutionary. Restrictive strategies and new blood products are the future for the treatment of trauma patients (read also Fluid resuscitation in bleeding trauma patient: are you aware of wich is the right fluid and the right strategy?).

But much more happened in 2014 about trauma….

Resuscitative throacotomy is now a reality not only “in” but even “out” of hospital, so read all about it

An evergreen topic is TBI but new concepts are arousing so read here the latest updates

New drugs and new protocols for airway and pain management: a rationale guide to choose the right drug for the right patient.

DISCLOSURE: MEDEST strongly encourage AWARNESS reading the propoused articles.
Abstracts are often misleading and articles potentially biased. Even this selection is not immune from potential bias (just human factors not commercial interests).
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F.A.R. in E.M. (Focus Assessed Review in Emergency Medicine ) #2

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MEDEST F.A.RThe second episode of this focus reviews will deeply assess a topic that is very “hot” for every emergency professional.
Before reading this episode give a look at the first of the series about the best of 2014 literature on  Cardiac Arrest
And now enjoy the very best of 2014 articles on:

Airway Management

Not all is CRASH! Especially when it comes to airway management. RSI is the gold standard when we talk about intubating a spontaneously breathin patient but DSI is becoming a classic. And is recommended by Scott Weingart and Seth Trueger, not properly two “new kids on the block”….
Caution! You are about to perform an invasive maneuver on a previously spontaneously breathing patient. So remember to carefully avoid desaturation and hyper-inflation!
This disclaimer should be written on the handle of every laryngoscope to remember two of the most frequent fault to avoid when managing the airways.
Always rewarded as a nightmare for the emergency professional, surgical airway is most of the time a real no through road for the patient. So here is a complete guide on how to approach in the best way such a difficult skill.
Does the aggressive management of the airways gets benefits on critically ill patients or a more conservative approach gives best results on clinical outcomes? Facts (few) and doubts (many) in this year literature.

 

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Abstracts are often misleading and articles potentially biased. Even this selection is not immune from potential bias (just human factors not commercial interests).
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F.A.R. in E.M. (Focus Assessed Review in Emergency Medicine ) #1

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MEDEST F.A.RThis is the first (of a series) of literature reviews dedicated to a particular topic of Emergency Medicine clinical life.
We tried to give a deep look to all the articles that had a relevance for a particular argument in this year, and made some considerations regarding the emerged evidences . All the articles are full text end ready to be downloaded.
The first edition is focused on the “king argument” for an emergency medicine and critical care professional:

Cardiac Arrest

Chest compressions

This year the importance of chest compressions in CA was confirmed and even emphasized as one of the few (along with defibrillation) really wothy intervention to perform during CPR.

Mechanical Devices

The “black year” for mechanical devices saw 3 major trials finding no difference in outcome between mechanical and (good quality) manual chest compressions. Still remains the subjective (personal) impression that mechanical devices are of some utility for the human resources management and  transport during CPR.

Vasoactive (and other) drugs

Like (and perhaps more) than for mechanical devices, 2014 signed a really bad year for epinephrine.

Lack of evidence on his utility and emerging ones on detrimental effects, accompanied this “historical” drug through the year that preludes to new 2015 CA Guidelines. Will epinephrine still be there at the end of this 2015? Or new emerging trends on use of steroids and vasopressin will prevale at the end?

ECLS

And after interventions that are loosing evidence in the years, new future prospectives for the management of CA patients, comes from Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation that gives renewed hopes of better survival and good neurological outcome, despite initial difficulties and skepticism.

Outcome and prognostication

Therapeutic Hypothermia

New era for the post-resuscitative care! Less oxygen, lower tidal volume and last, but not least, less cooling. And, while this year will give us some answers about intra-arrest cooling, now we know that 33°C is equally effective as 36°C and is no longer recommended in post ROSC patients! Maybe….

Other

Hypotermia (accidental not therapeutic), highlights from ERC 2014 Congress and decision on non starting CPR: what changes and what remains in our daily practice.

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Abstracts are often misleading and articles potentially biased. Even this selection is not immune from potential bias (just human factors not commercial interests).
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