Sepsis Demystified

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Sepsis Demystified

What is sepsis? Even the world’s experts can’t agree on what it means.  Is it infection plus organ dysfunction? That’s how surviving sepsis defines it. Is it infection with a whole body inflammatory respoinse? That’s how Wikipedia defines it. Is it two or more SIRS criteria plus infection?  All of these overlap in a Venn diagram […]

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Amal Mattu on being too tall and giving kick ass lectures

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Amal Mattu on being too tall and giving kick ass lectures

Emergency Medicine legend Amal Mattu reveals his deepest secrets How he became “Too Tall Amal” Al Sacchetti does a bait and switch- setting up Amal for a huge career in emergency cardiology The unexpected path to becoming the world’s leading educator on EKGs The Mattu Top 5 movies of all time Rituals before going onstage Giving a great […]

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The Brain on Ketamine

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The Brain on Ketamine

Reuben Strayer from empdates.com is our guest to discuss proper dosing of ketamine. Take home message: At very low dose, you get analgesia with minimal effect on perception and emotion. At a very high dose, you’re going to get dissociation. In between high and low doses, you don’t know what kid of response you’re going to get. […]

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Torsades De Pointes

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Torsades De Pointes

Torsades de pointes is very bad.  It easily degenerates into Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) and that’s sudden cardiac death.  How many cases of torsades have you seen in your career? Are your ready for it when you see it? Let’s see, there’s magnesium…uh, and then I seem to recall that drug isoproterenol (that I’ve never used) […]

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