A central venous catheter (CVC), also called a central line, is similar to an intravenous line but is more often used for critically ill patients who require longer treatments. It is a common bedside procedure performed using sterilize equipment. It…
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Early and rapid administration of life-saving medications and fluids is critical in emergency situations, but gaining vascular access can be challenging. Moreover, central line placement brings the risk of pneumothorax and arterial injury and requires full and certified competence, which…
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Laryngeal masks are an invaluable tool in effective airway management, especially in emergency situations. They are particularly helpful during “can’t intubate, can’t ventilate” scenarios as they are easy to insert for airway rescues. They can be blindly placed and connected…
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During life-threatening situations, the airway of a patient may be severely compromised. The condition requires critical and timely intervention by establishing a front-of-neck access (FONA) emergency airway, otherwise known as emergency cricothyrotomy or cricothyroidotomy. Cricothyroidotomy is performed as a final…
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In the first part of this article, we covered that ascites occur when excessive fluid accumulates in the peritoneal cavity. Such occurrences must be treated with diuretics, paracentesis, and possibly TIPPS procedure. We also mentioned how refractory ascites occurs when…
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Ascites is the accumulation of free fluid in the peritoneal cavity and can occur as a complication of a scarred liver, otherwise known as cirrhosis. While ascites is treated according to its underlying root cause, refractory ascites poses a bigger…
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If a patient’s airway is compromised during a life-threatening situation, prompt and effective intervention is crucial. This includes front-of-neck access (FONA) emergency airway, or cricothyroidotomy. Also known as cricothyrotomy, it is a specialized procedure that creates emergency access to the…
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Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a revolutionary diagnostic method that helps enhance physical examination at the point of care, that is, the patient’s bedside. Clinicians can use this tool to quickly diagnose medical conditions and guide treatment or bedside procedures, including…
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