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

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 TitleAuthorDateLinkTitle
Ultrasound Guided Fluid Assessment ProtocolTim GallagherNov 26, 2015Core EM: Fluid AssessmentAIR-PRO
Ultrasound Guided CPR Part 1Matt Dawson, Mike Mallin, & Mike StoneDec 2014Ultrasound Podcast: CPRAIR-PRO
State of the Evidence Cardiac Arrest EchoMatt Dawson, Mike Mallin, & Mike StoneJan 2016Ultrasound Podcast: REASON TrialAIR-PRO
Vasopressor BasicsScott WeingartDec 1, 2014EM Crit: Vasopressor BasicsAIR-PRO
Accelerated Goal Directed Therapy for Septic ShockJosh FarkasJuly 19, 2015EMCrit: Accelerated Goal Directed TherapyAIR-PRO
Peripheral Vasopressor Infusions and ExtravasationScott WeingartSept 16, 2013EMCrit: Peripheral Vasopressor InfusionsAIR-PRO
Mythbuster: Administration of Vasopressors Through Peripheral Intravenous AccessSalim RezaieMay 28, 2015REBEL EM: Administration of VasopressorsAIR-PRO
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) in the Emergency DepartmentBrett SweeneyJan 21, 2015emDocs: ECMO in the EDAIR-PRO
IVC Ultrasound for Fluid Tolerance in Spontaneously Breathing PatientsScott WeingartNov 11, 2012EM Crit: IV UltrasoundHonorable Mention
Vasopressors & Inotropes in the EDSimon LaingApril 14, 2015HEFT EM Cast: Vasopressors Honorable Mention
ECPR is a Step too FarChris Ho & Joe BellezzoFeb 12, 2016ICN: ECPRHonorable Mention
Cutting Edge Resuscitation in the Community EDJoe BellezzoApril 12, 2015ICN: 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
Deputy Head - Education and Clinical Assistant Professor for Emergency Medicine
University of Calgary Emergency Department
Fareen Zaver, MD


@UCalgaryEM Clinical Educator, interests in transition to practice, gender equity, #FOAMed @ALiEMteam & @WeAreCanadiEM #Meded #genderequity