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 TitleAuthorDateLinkTitle
Taking ownership of the ventilatorEvan Miller & Maxim DzebaApril 21, 2016EM Docs: Ventilator managementAIR-PRO
Mechanical ventilation in ARDS: 2014 updateMatthew HoffmanMay 12, 2014PulmCCM: Mechanical VentilationAIR-PRO
Thrombolysis for submassive pulmonary embolismChris NicksonJan 7, 2016LITFL: Thrombolysis for submassive PEAIR-PRO
Controversies of thrombolytics for pulmonary embolismBrit LongMay 28, 2016EM Docs: Controversies in thrombolyticsAIR-PRO
How to intubate a patient with hypotensionScott WeingartAug 5, 2013EM Crit: Hemodynamic killsAIR-PRO
Intubating the critically ill patientZach RadwineJan 6, 2014EM Docs: Intubating the critically illAIR-PRO
DNR means do not treat… and other end of life care mythsAshley ShrevesAug 2014EP Monthly: DNR means do not treatAIR-PRO
Dominating the vent: Part 1Scott WeingartMay 24, 2010EM Crit: Dominating the vent (1)Honorable Mention
Dominating the vent: Part 2Scott WeingartJune 1, 2010EM Crit: Dominating the vent (2)Honorable Mention
Pulmonary embolism treatment optionsScott Weingart & Oren FriedmanJuly 14, 2014EM Crit: Pulmonary EmbolismHonorable Mention
Critical care palliationScott Weingart & Ashley ShrevesFeb 18, 2013 EM Crit: Critical care palliationHonorable Mention

If you have any questions or comments, 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