Critical Care Scenarios

Critical Care Scenarios

An educational podcast presenting practical critical care scenarios. By Brandon Oto, PA-C and Bryan Boling, ACNP. New episodes biweekly.... Show More

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February 21, 2021 33 min
Initial workup, fluid management, renal replacement, and other subtleties of caring for the critically ill patient with rhabdomyolysis. Takeaway lessons Rhabdomyolysis is defined by elevated levels of creatinine kinase and/or myoglobin in the serum secondary to skeletal muscle breakdown with release of cellular contents. Common causes are crush or compartment syndrome, prolonged downtime on hard … Continue reading "Episode 25: ...
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The COVID-19 pandemic will hopefully wind down this year. What happens next with these patients? A powerful discussion with Eve Leckie (@browofjustice), RN, CCRN, formerly of the CVCC at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and now disabled after contracting COVID. Learn about their acute course of illness, the challenges of navigating the healthcare system with this new disease, and … Continue reading "Special episode: Surviving COVID-19 w...
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Scene management, logistics, and stabilization of a blunt trauma patient in the Australian outback with Dr. Minh Le Cong (@ketaminh), rural GP and retrieval physician for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and host of the PHARM podcast. Takeaway lessons If there is reasonable suspicion of the presence of a pneumothorax (of any size), have a … Continue reading "Episode 24: Rural retrieval medicine with Minh Le Cong"
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Best practices in care of the critically ill patient with COVID-19 pneumonia are not known at this time. However, practical lessons from the ground are filtering in from those who have seen many of these patients, and Dr. Nicole King—critical care anesthesiologist, ECMO-ologist at the University of Cincinnati, and alumnus of the New York City … Continue reading "Episode 23: COVID-19 pneumonia with Nicole King"
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Initial approach, supportive care, risk stratification, and management of the troublesome complications for ruptured subarachnoid aneurysm, with Thomas Lawson (@TomLawsonNP), nurse practitioner in the neurocritical care unit at OSU Wexner Medical Center. Takeaway lessons SAH + shock or hypoxemia = suspect neurogenic pulmonary edema and/or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Aneurysmal SAH is much different from traumatic and … Co...
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A patient with multiple abdominal gunshot wounds, resuscitated before and after damage control surgery by the legendary Scott Weingart (@emcrit): emergency physician, surgical intensivist by way of Shock Trauma in Baltimore, director of an emergency critical care program, and longtime innovator in medical education and FOAM via the EMCrit podcast and blog. Our 1st anniversary … Continue reading "Episode 21: Trauma resuscita...
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Looking at the workflow of a fresh post-op open heart surgery patient, as well as what to do when it devolves into cardiac tamponade, with (returning) guest Brendan Riordan, cardiothoracic ICU PA (@concernecus) at the University of Washington, and his NP colleague Kris Ramilo (@krsrml0). [Audio quality was a bit dodgy in this one; sorry … Continue reading "Episode 20: Post-CABG emergencies with Kris Ramilo and Brendan R...
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A few rapid-fire cases from the emergency department, with Dr. Seth Trueger (@mdaware), emergency physician at Northwestern University and digital media editor for JAMA Network Open. [Sorry for the shotty audio quality in this one!–eds.] Takeaway lessons Many decisions in the ED are less about what to do, and more about when to do it. … Continue reading "Episode 19: Emergency medicine with Seth Trueger"
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A look at oncology-related emergencies in the ICU, with Leon Chen (@CCMNP), NYC nurse practitioner specializing in oncology critical care. Takeaway lessons Extremely elevated leukocyte count should always raise suspicion for a “liquid tumor” such as leukemia. The principal acute complication is leukostasis from poor flow, potentially causing hyperviscosity issues such as stroke, MI, pulmonary … Continue reading "Episode 18:...
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The second part of our overview of interventional radiology with Dr. Bobby Chiong, board-certified interventional radiologist and chair of radiology at SBH Health System, with a focused look at some common IR procedures, namely abscess drainage and GI bleeding. Listen to part 1 here. Takeaway lessons Common goals would be INR <2.0, platelets >50k. If … Continue reading "Episode 17: Interventional radiology with Bobby Chio...
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An overview of interventional radiology with Dr. Bobby Chiong, board-certified interventional radiologist and chair of radiology at SBH Health System, with a focused look at what IR’s all about, coordination between care teams, vascular access, and troubleshooting. Takeaway lessons Interventional radiologists can’t do everything, but they potentially can do almost anything, and you usually won’t … Continue reading "Episode 16: ...
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September 20, 2020 23 min
Quick takes on common controversies in the ICU, with Bryan and Brandon: Stress ulcer prophylaxis: drug selection, candidates, and when to discontinue Stress dose steroids: candidates, dosing, lab tests, and weaning Titrating PEEP: considering the disease process, PEEP/FiO2 tables, driving pressure trials, and pragmatic approaches
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A detailed look at cirrhosis and acute-on-chronic liver failure as we typically see it in the ICU, with Dr. Elliott Tapper, gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist, and director of the cirrhosis program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Takeaway lessons When treating liver patients, think infection, infection, infection—and understand that with good care and … Continue reading "Episode 15: Liver failure with El...
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The conclusion of our scenario of severe intraparenchymal hemorrhage with resulting herniation, with a closer look at neurological exams, prognostication, and the flow of care after initial stabilization, as well as our mindset as caregivers in these psychologically challenging cases. Takeaway lessons Early tracheostomy may not hold concrete benefits for neuro patients (i.e. improved mortality), … Continue reading "Episode 14: ...
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A typical case of severe intraparenchymal hemorrhage with resulting herniation. Takeaway lessons DOACs like apixaban (Eliquis), although not usually monitored using routine coagulation assays, tend to elevate the INR only slightly (e.g. 1.0–1.3 or so). A strikingly INR in warfarin-like ranges should raise suspicion for an additional occult cause of coagulopathy. Manage elevated ICPs using … Continue reading "Episode 13: Intrace...
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Part two of our interfacility transfer from Hell. Tyler Christifulli, FP-C, EMT-P (@christifulli88) and Sam Ireland FP-C, EMT-P (@ireland_sam1) show us how they handle GI bleeding, arrhythmias, shock, cardiac arrest, and more, all from the confines of a helicopter. Listen to Part 1 here. Check out the great educational content from Tyler and Sam over … Continue reading "Episode 12: Flight medicine with Tyler Christifull...
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A grueling interfacility transfer gives Tyler Christifulli, FP-C, EMT-P (@christifulli88) and Sam Ireland FP-C, EMT-P (@ireland_sam1) the opportunity to show us how they handle airway management, GI bleeding, mechanical ventilation, cardiac arrest, and more, all from the confines of a helicopter. Check out the great educational content from Tyler and Sam over at FOAMfrat, including … Continue reading "Episode 11: Flight...
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June 28, 2020 42 min
A restless patient experiences a series of dyssynchrony events during mechanical ventilation. Come see how Bryan wades through it all, and allow us to offer an academic, yet practical approach to this sometimes-confusing subject. Case files Takeaway lessons Start with ABCs and stabilizing the patient, then put on your thinking cap and try to optimize … Continue reading "Episode 10: Ventilator dyssynchrony"
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The book Buy the new textbook (Bryan edited, Brandon authored a chapter) here or on Amazon: Concepts in Surgical Critical Care, First Edition ed. Bryan Boling, DNP, ACNP; Kevin Hatton, MD, FCCM; Tonja Hartjes, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FAANP The podcast The second piece of our in-depth look at the management of right heart failure, with … Continue reading "Episode 9: Right heart failure and the SAVIOR protocol with Habib Srour (part ...
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The book Buy the new textbook (Bryan edited, Brandon authored a chapter) here or on Amazon: Concepts in Surgical Critical Care, First Edition ed. Bryan Boling, DNP, ACNP; Kevin Hatton, MD, FCCM; Tonja Hartjes, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FAANP The podcast An in-depth look at the management of right heart failure, with a focus on preserving … Continue reading "Episode 9: Right heart failure and the SAVIOR protocol with Habib Srour (part...
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