Recently a few cases at Genius General have arisen where cvO2% was misleading. Specifically, the cvO2% was elevated despite cardiogenic or hemorrhagic shock. This post will attempt to explore why this might occur.
We all want to alleviate pain and suffering. Most critically ill patients are treated with opioids for this reason. Unfortunately, opioids have numerous side-effects including delirium, constipation, vomiting, and delayed extubation. Opioid infusions may eventually lead to withdrawal, causing pain, nausea, and depression. This post explores the optimal use of systemic medications to control pain while minimizing complications.
A new joint practice guideline by the ATS and ACCP addresses how to approach cuff leaks. This guideline recommends a clever compromise between these extremes, which is the basis of the algorithm below. This provides a streamlined, evidence-based pathway to extubate patients without a cuff leak.