Welcome to the Critical Care (Part 2) Block!

Below we have listed our selection of the highest quality posts related to 4 advanced level questions on critical care topics posed, curated, and approved for senior residents by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. Advanced ventilatory management
  2. Submassive pulmonary embolism management
  3. Hypotensive intubation
  4. End of life discussion

AIR 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 2) block quiz

Interested in taking the quiz for fun or asynchronous (Individualized Interactive Instruction) credit? Please go to the above link. You will need to create a one-time login account if you haven’t already.

Highlighted AIR-Pro posts

Article Title Author Date Link Title
Taking ownership of the ventilator Evan Miller & Maxim Dzeba April 21, 2016 EM Docs: Ventilator management AIR-PRO
Mechanical ventilation in ARDS: 2014 update Matthew Hoffman May 12, 2014 PulmCCM: Mechanical Ventilation AIR-PRO
Thrombolysis for submassive pulmonary embolism Chris Nickson Jan 7, 2016 LITFL: Thrombolysis for submassive PE AIR-PRO
Controversies of thrombolytics for pulmonary embolism Brit Long May 28, 2016 EM Docs: Controversies in thrombolytics AIR-PRO
How to intubate a patient with hypotension Scott Weingart Aug 5, 2013 EM Crit: Hemodynamic kills AIR-PRO
Intubating the critically ill patient Zach Radwine Jan 6, 2014 EM Docs: Intubating the critically ill AIR-PRO
DNR means do not treat… and other end of life care myths Ashley Shreves Aug 2014 EP Monthly: DNR means do not treat AIR-PRO
Dominating the vent: Part 1 Scott Weingart May 24, 2010 EM Crit: Dominating the vent (1) Honorable Mention
Dominating the vent: Part 2 Scott Weingart June 1, 2010 EM Crit: Dominating the vent (2) Honorable Mention
Pulmonary embolism treatment options Scott Weingart & Oren Friedman July 14, 2014 EM Crit: Pulmonary Embolism Honorable Mention
Critical care palliation Scott Weingart & Ashley Shreves Feb 18, 2013 EM Crit: Critical care palliation Honorable Mention

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us!

Fareen Zaver, MD

Fareen Zaver, MD

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