This week, we started things off with a great Quarterly Sim led by our faculty. The oral boards cases, led by Drs Stettler and Roche, involved an acute presentation of holiday heart, a post-partum patient with flash pulmonary edema, and a very questionable spider bite. The simulation, led by Drs Fernandez, Hill and Stolz, focused on two patients that were in shock: one due to a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and one due to a pericardial tamponade. We then moved on to the pediatric side of things, where Dr. Gleimer discussed neonatal rashes, and we took a look at pediatric syncope with Dr. Fananapazir.Read More
Thanks to everybody who contributed to an excellent discussion of the care of the patient on our second “flight.” If you didn’t get a chance to check out the case and the discussion, check it out here. Below is the curated comments from the community and a podcast from Dr. Hinckley and Flight Nurse Practitioner Jason Peng
Q1 - Walk through your initial assessment of this patient. What are the critical aspects of the assessment of this patient?
In response to this question, most everybody wanted to first act on the bleeding wound in the patient’s right antecubital fossa. As explained by Dr. Renne, “I would want to be systematic but efficient, probably using a C-ABCD approach to these kind of critical patients, with the first C being any sort of life-threatening but "C"ontrollable hemorrhage.” Dr. Renne also had a fine point with regards to checking for other potential, as of yet unseen, injuries. This is a patient with multiple stab wounds, it is crucial to conduct a quick, but thorough search for stab wounds to the back, axilla, groin, and/or other locations where significant blood loss could be caused by a stab wound.Read More
Thanks to everyone who chimed in for our first ever "Flight"!! If you didn't get a chance to read the case, take a look here. There was some excellent discussion on how best to care for the blunt polytrauma patient. Below is the curated comments from the community and Dr. Hinckley's take on the questions posed to the community.Read More
First, pericardiocentesis should be considered a temporizing procedure. In the setting of trauma, you are hoping that the pericardiocentesis will clear a small amount of blood from the pericardial space and remove any tamponade the might be present. It is likely, however, because of the mechanism of injury, that blood will again rapidly accumulate leading to recurrent tamponade physiology. Ultimately (but not on Air Care — DON’T do a clamshell), these patients will need a pericardial window, exploration, and repair of whatever injury is causing the accumulation of blood.Read More