Tweet Abstract Study Objective: To evaluate the influence of nasal oxygen (O2) administration on the duration of arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2) ≥95% during simulated difficult laryngoscopy in obese patients. Design: Prospective, randomized, controlled trial. Setting: University hospital. Patients: 30 obese men undergoing general anesthesia. Interventions: After thorough preoxygenation, and using total intravenous anesthesia, simulated difficult […]
Tweet In mechanically ventilated patients without ARDS at the time of endotracheal intubation, the majority of data favors lower tidal volume to reduce progression to ARDS. However, due to significant heterogeneity in the data, no definitive recommendations can be made. Further randomized controlled trials examining the role of lower tidal volumes in patients without ARDS, […]
Tweet The Main Question: Is there any evidence for the efficacy of cricoid pressure in reducing aspiration? The short answer is no. A systematic review intended to answer this question was published in the Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia in 2007 and concluded, “Following our analysis of the literature it was apparent that there was no […]
Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSTweet I love the world of social media. It was through the medium of Twitter that I was able to connect with James DuCanto (@jducanto)who is an anesthesiologist at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin. Gavin Denton (@DentonGavin) and I picked his brains about some of […]
Tweet Nearly 800,000 patients require mechanical ventilation yearly. There’s no doubt it is a life-saving intervention, but it is one that is fraught with the potential for iatrogenesis, especially if continued for longer than necessary. That is the main message of this review in the NEJM by John F. McConville and John P. Kress (father of the sedation holiday) from the University of […]
Tweet Noninvasive ventilation (NIV), as a weaning-facilitating strategy in predominantly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mechanically ventilated patients, is associated with reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia, total duration of mechanical ventilation, length of intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital stay, and mortality. However, this benefit after planned extubation in patients with acute respiratory failure of various etiologies […]
Tweet Purpose: We aimed to survey the members of anesthesia departments in two large university hospitals, University of Washington (Seattle, USA) (UW-US) and University of Nottingham (Nottingham, UK) (UN-UK) to compare differences in their current approach to rapid sequence induction (RSI). Link here..
Tweet Performance of ultrasonography for the detection of pneumothorax is excellent and is superior to supine chest radiography. Considering the rapid access to bedside ultrasonography and the excellent performance of this simple test, this study supports the routine use of ultrasonography for the detection of pneumothorax. Link to research paper here…
Tweet Jim DuCanto is back, innovating on body positioning and how the way you hold the laryngoscope might improve glottic visualisation.
Tweet This article reviews preoxygenation and peri-intubation oxygenation techniques to minimize the risk of hypoxemia during emergency tracheal intubation of adult patients. It introduces a risk-stratification approach based on initial pulse oximetry level in response to oxygen administration and provides recommendations about specific techniques based on periprocedural risk. Techniques reviewed include positioning, preoxygenation and denitrogenation, […]
Tweet Rich Levitan delivers an excellent lecture on good intubation technique. From EmCritBlog.
Tweet Is there a need for active ventilation during ALS? Could we go passive? Some discussion….here