Pulmonary Embolism presenting as Syncope : Scare mongering at best

PESIT INVESTIGATORS published in this week of NEJM, reported that 17.3% of patients had PE who were admitted with first syncope to the hospital. This study has been circulated in various newspapers (1, 2, 3) as if  physicians are missing the big deadly cause of fainting spells, which is plain scare mongering. Emergency room physicians are already overusing … Read more Pulmonary Embolism presenting as Syncope : Scare mongering at best

New Nomogram to predict Surgical ICU readmission

Martin et el  from the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City developed a new nomogram to predict Surgical ICU readmission. What they did Studied 3,109 SICU admissions, with 141 patients readmissions within 72 hours of discharge from ICU. Came up with following risk factors patient age respiratory rate (breaths per minute) history of … Read more New Nomogram to predict Surgical ICU readmission

Journal club : Empiricus trial

Empirical Micafungin Treatment and Survival Without Invasive Fungal Infection in Adults With ICU-Acquired Sepsis, Candida Colonization, and Multiple Organ Failure The EMPIRICUS Randomized Clinical a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, and parallel-group study Background Few randomized trials compared antifungals (fluconazole and capsofungin) to placebo empirically in critically ill septic patients. They failed to provide any benefit, however, empirical antifungal therapy is recommended … Read more Journal club : Empiricus trial

Blood transfusion: Less is more

In the current issue of JAMA, published October 12, Carson et el have updated red blood cell (RBC) transfusion guidelines by AABB (American Association of Blood Banks). Based on review of 31 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) performed in a variety of different clinical settings involving more than 12 587 patients.   Main recommendations Transfusion  not indicated … Read more Blood transfusion: Less is more

Time to say good bye to routine stress ulcer prophylaxis in ICU

Accepting that the world is full of uncertainty and ambiguity does not and should not stop people from being pretty sure about a lot of things. Julian Baggini WHATS NEW Pantoprazole or Placebo for Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis (POP-UP Study) In this randomized Double-Blind Exploratory Study by Selvanderan et el 214 patients were randomized to pantoprazole … Read more Time to say good bye to routine stress ulcer prophylaxis in ICU

Don’t cool for in hospital cardiac arrest

Targeted temperature management (TTM, therapeutic hypothermia) after cardiac arrest first came to use in clinical setting since the publication of two landmark articles in 2002. Evidence was mainly for out of hsopital cardiac arrest patients. Recently, it was noted that there was no difference in outcome between temperatures of 33 and 36 Celsius. However, based … Read more Don’t cool for in hospital cardiac arrest

Faster is better ? : Chest compressions in CPR

Latest AHA guidelines about adult CPR emphasize on high quality chest compression, currently at the rate of 100 to 120 per minute. In a prospective observational study, Kilgannon JH et al demonstrated that chest compression rate of 121–140 compressions/min had the highest odds ratio of ROSC. What they did 222 consecutive patients were enrolled in study,  found … Read more Faster is better ? : Chest compressions in CPR

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