Jon-Emile S. Kenny MD [@heart_lung] Hemodynamic assessment, by any means, demands a shrewd familiarity with mechanical heart-lung interaction. The two ventricles communicate in series and in parallel; each ventricle’s pressure-volume characteristics and loading conditions pulsate between systole and diastole. And around the heart and pericardium lies the respiratory pump – the lungs within the thorax [... read more]
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Happy New Year! PulmCCM posts will return soon. In case you missed them, here are some of the top posts of 2016: Review: Lactate & Sepsis Recruitment Maneuvers & PEEP in the Morbidly Obese An Expected or Maladaptive Response to Infection? Sepsis Reconsidered IDSA Guidelines 2016: HAP, VAP & It’s the End of HCAP as [... read more]
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“New York is cold, but I like where I'm living … There's music on Clinton Street all through the evening.” -Leonard Cohen It’s the end of December; we collectively reflect on the year that was and try to find our footing for the next. In the short winter days of 2016, it is unexceptional to find [... read more]
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Inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) are placed to prevent deep venous thromboses (DVT) from traveling to the heart and lungs, causing pulmonary embolism (PE). IVC filters' rationale makes sense, but despite their wide use, the benefits and risks of IVCF remain unclear. With about 50,000 IVC filters placed annually in the U.S., that's a lot of unclarity. [... read more]
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The Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD - because GIOLD sounded weird) is an international collaboration of experts in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Every so often the GOLD gang releases another update of their standard-setting GOLD guidelines. (Read PulmCCM's 2014 GOLD guideline review and our COPD Review.) Get the full 2017 GOLD guidelines or the 36 page [... read more]
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