AIR Pro Series: Critical Care, Part 1 (2016)

Below we have listed our selection of the 12 highest quality blog posts related to 5 advanced level questions on critical care topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. Ultrasound fluid assessment
  2. Ultrasound in critical care
  3. Vasopressors for critical care patients
  4. Peripheral intravenous vasopressor administration
  5. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation basics

In this module, we have 8 AIR-Pro’s and 4 honorable mentions. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net.

AIR-Pro Stamp of Approval and Honorable Mentions

In an effort to truly emphasize the highest quality posts, we have 2 subsets of recommended resources. The AIR-Pro stamp of approval will only be given to posts scoring above a strict scoring cut-off of ≥28 points (out of 35 total), based on our AIR-Pro scoring instrument, which is slightly different from our original AIR Series scoring instrument. The other subset is for “Honorable Mention” posts. These posts have been flagged by and agreed upon by AIR-Pro Board members as worthwhile, accurate, unbiased and useful to senior residents. Only the posts with the AIR-Pro stamp of approval will be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit. To decrease the repetitive nature of posts relating to these advanced concepts, we did not always include every post found that met the score of ≥28 points.

Take the quiz at ALiEMU

ALiEMU AIR-Pro Critical Care (Part 1) block quiz
(You will need to create a one-time login account if you haven’t already.)

Critical Care Module (Part 1) 2016: Recommended III credit hours

2.5 hours (20 minutes per article, 30 minutes for articles with podcasts)

Article Title Author Date Link Title
Ultrasound Guided Fluid Assessment Protocol Tim Gallagher Nov 26, 2015 Core EM: Fluid Assessment AIR-PRO
Ultrasound Guided CPR Part 1 Matt Dawson, Mike Mallin, & Mike Stone Dec 2014 Ultrasound Podcast: CPR AIR-PRO
State of the Evidence Cardiac Arrest Echo Matt Dawson, Mike Mallin, & Mike Stone Jan 2016 Ultrasound Podcast: REASON Trial AIR-PRO
Vasopressor Basics Scott Weingart Dec 1, 2014 EM Crit: Vasopressor Basics AIR-PRO
Accelerated Goal Directed Therapy for Septic Shock Josh Farkas July 19, 2015 EMCrit: Accelerated Goal Directed Therapy AIR-PRO
Peripheral Vasopressor Infusions and Extravasation Scott Weingart Sept 16, 2013 EMCrit: Peripheral Vasopressor Infusions AIR-PRO
Mythbuster: Administration of Vasopressors Through Peripheral Intravenous Access Salim Rezaie May 28, 2015 REBEL EM: Administration of Vasopressors AIR-PRO
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) in the Emergency Department Brett Sweeney Jan 21, 2015 emDocs: ECMO in the ED AIR-PRO
IVC Ultrasound for Fluid Tolerance in Spontaneously Breathing Patients Scott Weingart Nov 11, 2012 EM Crit: IV Ultrasound Honorable Mention
Vasopressors & Inotropes in the ED Simon Laing April 14, 2015 HEFT EM Cast: Vasopressors Honorable Mention
ECPR is a Step too Far Chris Ho & Joe Bellezzo Feb 12, 2016 ICN: ECPR Honorable Mention
Cutting Edge Resuscitation in the Community ED Joe Bellezzo April 12, 2015 ICN: Cutting Edge Resuscitation Honorable Mention

Background Information About the AIR-Pro Series

The ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR)-Pro Series is an effort to reward our residents for the reading and learning they are already doing online. We have created an Individual Interactive Instruction (III) opportunity utilizing Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) resources for U.S. Emergency Medicine residents. For each module, the AIR-Pro Board curates and scores a list of blogs and podcasts specifically answering questions tailored to the senior resident. A quiz is available to complete after each module to obtain residency conference credit. Once completed, your name and institution will be logged into our private Google Drive database, which participating residency program directors can access to provide proof of completion.

Do you belong to a residency program that is not currently participating? No problem! Any one can read the AIR-Pro series curated post and complete the quiz for educational value!

If a residency program is interested in participating, please contact us!


Fareen Zaver, MD

Fareen Zaver, MD

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Resident Incubator 2017-18
Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources - Professional (AIR-Pro)
Champion, 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator
Board Member, 2016-17 ALiEM Wellness Think Tank
Clinical Lecturer, Emergency Physician
University of Calgary Emergency Department
Fareen Zaver, MD

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