Air Care Series: Man Meets Machine

Air Care Series: Man Meets Machine

In this edition of the Air Care series we take a look at the LVAD via post and podcast, introducing you to the meeting of man and machine. Adam Gottula, MD interviews Liz Powell, MD and Paige Barger, NP covering the spectrum of LVAD basics from common functions to life threatening complications.

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Tidal Volume Strategies for those without ARDS

Tidal Volume Strategies for those without ARDS

 Invasive ventilation is one of the most frequently applied interventions utilized for critically ill patients.  However, as with all medical interventions, there are potential risks and harms which must be balanced with perceived benefit.  As our understanding of physiology grows, we have found more and more potential harms associated with invasive mechanical ventilation. This review of a recent article published in JAMA explores the impact of different tidal volume strategies for patients who do not have ARDS.

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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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