Category: Resus & Crit Care

JC: Finger on the Pulse?

If you’re an avid follower of FOAM, you’ll have seen many assertions that manual pulse checks by healthcare providers during cardiac arrest are pretty unreliable at best. The most commonly advocated alternatives are EtCO2 increase

JC: Should we rubber STAAMP prehospital TXA?

This post is co-published with our friends at REBEL EM. Background: It almost seems that when it comes to the use of the antifibrinolytic agent tranexamic acid (TXA) in trauma, one argument has just been

JC: Blood Products in Trauma – What’s the Best (I)TACTIC?

Bleeding trauma patients present a couple of challenges to us in the Emergency Department. Increasingly, our aging population continues to engage in energetic daily pursuits while increasing numbers are prescribed newer direct oral anticoagulant treatments

VTE and COVID-19: Would you like to know more?

That’s a leading question. Of course you would.  Who wouldn’t want to know more about a disease that has killed >1 million people to date, worldwide. Who wouldn’t want to know more about the thromboembolic risk associated

JC: Can we give tranexamic acid (TXA) via the IM route? St Emlyn’s

Tranexamic Acid (TXA) is a mainstay of trauma management. CRASH 2 (2) demonstrated its effectiveness in bleeding patients and CRASH 3 (1,5) (in my opinion) showed that we should also be using it in mild/moderate

JC: TXA in severe head injury. St Emlyn’s

Our post on the CRASH-3 trial, an RCT examining the use of TXA in head injury, was arguably our most controversial of 2019 (1). Our view was that the evidence was not entirely definitive, but

The ‘Roid’ to Recovery? REMAP-CAP @ St Emlyn’s

This week JAMA published three important trials on the use of steroids in patients with severe COVID-19, with an additional cherry on top; a subsequent inclusive meta-analysis (totalling 7 RCTs and 1703 patients) from the

JC: Effect of Ascorbic Acid, Corticosteroids, and Thiamine on Organ Injury in Septic Shock. The ACTS Randomized Clinical Trial St Emlyn’s

Back in 2017 the sepsis world had a rather strong reaction to a paper published by Paul Marik that suggested that a combination of steroid, vitamin C and Thiamine could cure sepsis. The data, published

CODA ZERO is here. St Emlyn’s

This week marks the return of CODA, or rather the start of the CODA project that developed from the genre changing SMACC conferences. I was lucky enough to be involved in setting up the first

Covid-19 in Italy with Roberto Cosentini part 2. St Emlyn’s

Ed – Back at the beginning of the pandemic we had a fantastic contribution from our friend and colleague Roberto Cosentini on the Bergamo experience of dealing with this terrible disease. It turned out to


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