Thoracotomy; should ultrasound be the decision tool?

Another FOAMed post on thoracotomy, surely we’ve had enough??? Well I’d tend to agree with you………. but performing

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Atrial Fibrillation in the ED

The way in which patients with AF present unsurprisingly makes a huge difference to the appropriate treatment and management plan, this may range from nothing at all right through to DC cardioversion. It’s really important to manage this group correctly though and have a sound understanding on the topic as timely appropriate treatment can significantly

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Sux vs Roc

What are we discussing today? If you’re a regular subscriber to HEFT EMCAST you will be aware of our recent discussion regarding ED rapid sequence induction. For those you who haven’t listened to the podcast, or simply need a reminder, rapid sequence induction (RSI) is the preferred method of emergency tracheal intubation outside the operating

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EMS Handover; make a difference to all alerted patients

In Emergency Medicine we pride ourselves on treating the undifferentiated acutely ill patient. The ones that no clinician

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The HECTOR Course Manual; FOAMed

Those of you who are regular listeners to HEFTEMCAST will be aware of the superb work that David Raven is doing with elderly trauma via the HECTOR Project. So far we’ve heard Dave talk about the unique challenges of dealing with elderly trauma and more recently he spoke about the early results from the HECTOR

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Sepsis in the ED

There’s no doubt that a case of sepsis will pass through your ED in the next hour or so. It’s a disease that carries a high mortality rate and requires prompt and effective care. In this podcast we’ll run through the following Definition SIRS Severity levels The Sepsis 6 Which patients require treatment within the

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Sedation in the ED

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SMACC Day 3

The last but by no means the least. How did the conference see out the last day of this fantastic event….. Victoria Brazil, ‘Putting the patient into patient safety‘ spoke on the importance of patient experience and mentioned her departments processes of improving stroke thrombolysis and the use of simulation which included testing the systems

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SMACC Day 2

So day 1 was pretty phenomenal and day 2 certainly has a lot to live up to, again it was impossible to catch all of the great talks due to so many superb concurrents but here is a taster of some of the sessions….. ‘When to stop resuscitation’ from Roger Harris and followed on from

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Sepsis SMACCback

So we’re here at SMACC being treated to a fantastic conference and some superb talks. Last night (Day 1) closed with a superb panel of experts from across the globe talking on sepsis including Melvyn Singer, Paul Marik, John Myburgh, Simon Finfer, Kathryn Maitland & Flavia Machado. The panel challenged current global practice on sepsis

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SMACC Day 1

So here we are in Chicago with the biggest FOAM if not EM-Critical Care conference on the planet this year!! Here’s a whistle stop tour of some of the sessions from the first day at the conference, which followed the dramatic opening ceremony and I’ll just cover the major take home messages from each session……… Cliff Reid’s

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Peripheral vasopressors and preshospital LMA vs ET Tube in Cardiac Arrest

Over the last few episodes we’ve talked about the use of vasopressors and their utility in resuscitation. It

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RSI in the ED; should EM be taking the lead?

What is an RSI? Rapid sequence induction, or RSI, is the preferred method of emergency tracheal intubation outside

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Presyncope, what does it mean for our patients in ED?

What does presyncope mean to you? If you ask this question to a handful of doctors you’ll get

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