Air Care Series: Machines Inside of Machines - CPR in flight

Air Care Series: Machines Inside of Machines - CPR in flight

While high-quality CPR delivers the best outcomes in cardiac arrest, this is challenging in a transport environment. Dr. Connelly reviews the evidence behind mechanical chest compression in CPR, exploring its practicality to the Helicopter EMS (HEMS) environment.

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Air Care Series: Ideal Resuscitation Pressure in Polytrauma with TBI

Air Care Series: Ideal Resuscitation Pressure in Polytrauma with TBI

Damage Control Resuscitation, Permissive Hypotension, Fluid Restrictive Resuscitation… Regardless of name, with all the enthusiasm surrounding permissive hypotension in the actively bleeding trauma patient, what do we do when they have a TBI? Take a dive into the literature surrounding ideal perfusion pressures of patients suffering from TBIs and traumatic injury to find out if we know what pressure is really the best.

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Air Care Series: Long QT Syndrome

Air Care Series: Long QT Syndrome

Not every bradycardic patient is the same, however sometimes their past history gives away their pathology and you need to manage a complex disease in the ED or in transit to the ICU. Remind yourself of the details of the cardiac action potential as Dr. Roblee walks us through a unique case of Long QT Syndrome.

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Air Care Series: Burns Management

Air Care Series: Burns Management

Severely burned patients can be intimidating for even the most seasoned critical care transport providers. These patients often require aggressive resuscitation and multiple procedures in a relatively short period of time. It is often easy for providers to become overwhelmed, necessitating an algorithmic approach to the patient, similar to traumatically injured patients, is crucial. By advancing through the primary survey and stabilizing the patient while starting aggressive but goal directed crystalloid resuscitation, critical care transport providers can bring ICU level care to one of the sickest pre-hospital patient populations.

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Air Care Series: Balloon Tamponade of Variceal Hemorrhage

Air Care Series: Balloon Tamponade of Variceal Hemorrhage

In HEMS, there are rare instances where ‘stay and play’ is the safest thing for the patient. Exsanguinating variceal bleed is one of those conditions. This week Dr. Whitford takes us step-by-step through the placement and confirmation of balloon tamponade placement (Minnesota Tube) for stabilization of these bleeds. We hope by reading this, it gives you another 6 months of this not happening on your next transport or ED shift...

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Air Care Series: Cardiogenic Shock

Air Care Series: Cardiogenic Shock

Cardiogenic shock presents many challenges in both the transport environment and hospital setting. We aim to review the current state of evidence pertaining to the medical management in the critical care transport environment.

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The Shocked Intubation: Definitive Airway Sans Hypotension

The Shocked Intubation: Definitive Airway Sans Hypotension

Not many aspects of Emergency Medicine define our specialty better than resuscitation, and few concepts exemplify resuscitation better than shock and intubation.  Yet few words together strike greater fear in the minds of savvy resuscitationists.  Not because we cannot deftly manage shock, or because we are anything but hardy intubators, but because the swiftest way to transform a living patient into a dying patient or a dying patient into a dead patient is to brazenly intubate someone who is in shock.  What are the root causes of endotracheal intubation's (ETI) hemodynamic effects and, most importantly, how do we circumnavigate them?  Read on to learn how to safely intubate the patient in shock…

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Air Care Orientation Case #4

Air Care Orientation Case #4

May brought the fourth case of our Air Care Flight Physician Orientation Case Series with the goal of preparing our first year residents for their roles as Flight Physicians. This is a monthly series that will continue through the R1’s Flight Physician Orientation Day in June. First year residents discuss the case and its associated questions on our internal asynchronous learning forum, Slack.  This month, a case of sepsis.  Should we just transfer the patient as quickly as possible, or are there other things we should do first?  Read on to find out!

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AirCare Series: Pre-Hospital Ultrasound

AirCare Series: Pre-Hospital Ultrasound

This month's AirCare Series post is the first podcast in the series!  In this podcast one of our current interns, Adam Gottula, interviews a graduate of our program, Andrew Latimer.  Dr. Latimer is currently a Senior EMS Fellow at the University of Washington.  In this interview, Dr. Latimer discusses how they use pre-hospital ultrasound at his flight program as well as his thoughts on the future applications of this technology. 

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Grand Rounds Recap 5.23.18

Grand Rounds Recap 5.23.18

This week’s Grand Rounds opened with Dr. Koehler leading small group discussions on the applications and limitations of VBGs. Dr. Bonomo expertly identified the correct test of choice and diagnosis in Dr. Spigner’s CPC. Dr. Soria then gave an interesting talk on the history behind naloxone as well as common uses. Finally, the Air Care team led a great hands-on procedure workshop!

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Air Care Orientation Case #3

Air Care Orientation Case #3

April brought the third case of our Air Care Flight Physician Orientation Case Series with the goal of preparing our first year residents for their roles as Flight Physicians. This is a monthly series that will continue through the R1’s Flight Physician Orientation Day in June. First year residents discuss the case and its associated questions on our internal asynchronous learning forum, Slack. This month, a case of STEMI, seemingly simple, right… but what happens next?

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Air Care Orientation Case #2

Air Care Orientation Case #2

This is Case #2 of our Air Care Orientation Curriculum!  This curriculum is designed to help prepare our rising R2's for their new responsibility as flight physicians.  These cases are discussed amongst our training flight docs and this is the resultant learning points.  In this case, we discuss a critical patient with a head injury.  What interventions need to be performed?  In what order?  Who should do them?  Read on to find out.

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Air Care Orientation Case #1

Air Care Orientation Case #1

This is Case #1 of our Air Care Orientation Curriculum!  This curriculum is designed to help prepare our rising R2's for their new responsibility as flight physicians.  These cases are discussed amongst our training flight docs and this is the resultant learning points.  In this case, we discuss a sick trauma patient that needs multiple interventions.  But what interventions need to be done?  In what order?  And who should do them?  Read on to find out!

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Grand Rounds Recap 2.21.18

Grand Rounds Recap 2.21.18

This weeks grand rounds started off with our monthly Morbidity and Mortality with Dr. Lagasse.  We then discuss in Aircare grand rounds led by Drs. Dang and Renne the always harrowing complex patient transfers including LVAD, EKOS and more.

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