Complication with Intraosseous Access: Scandinavian Users’ Experience

Author Affiliation Peter Hallas, MD  Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Pediatric Anesthesia, Rigshospitalet, Denmark Mikkel Brabrand, MD  Hospital of Southwest Denmark, Department of Medicine, Esbjerg, Denmark Lars Folkestad, MD  Hospital of Southwest Denmark, Department of Endocrinology, Esbjerg, Demark Introduction Methods Results Discussion Limitations Conclusion Abstract Introduction: Intraosseous access (IO) is indicated if vascular access cannot […]

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Shock Index and Early Recognition of Sepsis in the Emergency Department: Pilot Study

Intro: Our objective was to compare the ability of SI, individual vital signs, and the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria to predict the primary outcome of hyperlactatemia (serum lactate ≥ 4.0 mmol/L) as a surrogate for disease severity, and the secondary outcome of 28-day mortality.
Conclusion: In this cohort, SI ≥ 0.7 performed as well as SIRS in NPV and was the most sensitive screening test for hyperlactatemia and 28-day mortality. SI ≥ 1.0 was the most specific predictor of both outcomes.

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Cholinergic Crisis after Rodenticide Poisoning

Rodenticides have historically been common agents in attempted suicides. As most rodenticides in the United States (U.S.) are superwarfarins, these ingestions are generally managed conservatively with close monitoring for coagulopathy, and if necessary, correction of any resulting coagulopathy. However, alternate forms of rodenticides are imported illegally into the U.S. and may be ingested either accidentally or in suicide attempts. We present an unusual case of poisoning by the illegally imported rodenticide, “Tres Pasitos.”

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Therapeutic Hypothermia Protocol in a Community Emergency Department

Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) has been shown to improve survival and neurological outcome in patients resuscitated after out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) from ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT). We evaluated the effects of using a TH protocol in a large community hospital emergency department (ED) for all patients with neurological impairment after resuscitated OHCA regardless of presenting rhythm. We hypothesized improved mortality and neurological outcomes without increased complication rates.

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