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Podcast #32: Preoxygenation

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Dr. David Rosenberg Educational Pearls: Preoxygenation provides plenty of oxygen to the patient so that he/she does not desaturate during RSI. Even if the patient is at 100% on spO2 monitor, preoxygenation is necessary for continued saturation of hemoglobin and transport of oxygen to the rest of the body – respiration…

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Podcast #27: Variceal Upper GI bleed

Run Time: 9 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Patients with variceal bleeding are sick at baseline, and come from a very sick patient population with a higher mortality rate. Varices occur in a patient with cirrhosis when blood goes through other pathways to get back to the heart – rather than going through…

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Podcast #26: Salicylate and Camphor Poisoning

Run Time: 2 minutes Author: Dr. John Winkler Educational Pearls: Camphor from Vicks Vapor rub and Tigerbalm has a very low toxic level and can cause lethargy, altered mental status, and seizures – very dangerous for children. Oil of Wintergreen contains Salicylates – basically aspirin – which only takes 1 teaspoon to be deadly for…

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Podcast #20: REBOA

Run Time: 1 minute Author: Dr. John Winkler Educational Pearls: REBOA stands for Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta. The balloon is often placed via femoral artery and placed in the aorta at the level of the heart to increase perfusion to the brain in trauma. Significantly less invasive than a thoracotomy and has less…

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Podcast #16: Medications for AFib

Run Time: 2 minutes Author: Dr. Christopher Holmes Educational Pearls: Rate control with beta blockers or calcium channel blockers; with a slightly increased efficacy using calcium channel blockers. It is not contraindicated to give both if the first medication tried does not work. Magnesium has been shown to supplement the beta blockers and calcium channel blockers…

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Podcast #13: Bougie

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Dr. Aaron Lessen Educational Pearls: The “bougie” or “endotracheal tube introducer” is a low tech adjunct for difficult airway management. The bougie is a flexible stylet that can be used almost blindly when the vocal cords cannot be visualized. The stylet has a Coude tip at the end, which allows you…

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Podcast #10: Thyroid Storm & The Thyroid Don’t Get No Respect

Run Time: 11 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Thyroid literally means shield and is important for growth and cortisol/adrenaline modulation. Hyperthyroidism puts the body in a hypercatabolic state causes agitation, fine tremors, tachycardia and Atrial Fibrillation. Iodine – like the kind given for a contrast CT scan – has been associated with precipitating…

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