Patwari Academy videos: ACLS (parts 4-6)

Below are the next 3 video installments of Dr. Rahul Patwari’s digital whiteboard talks on ACLS. These videos cover:

  • Cardiac arrest (Vfib and Vtach)
  • Cardiac arrest (More of Vfib and Vtach)
  • Cardiac arrest (Asystole and PEA)

I love that each video is less than 15 minutes long. Also, even if you aren’t a medical student, these are great refreshers. For instance, don’t forget that atropine is no longer on the 2010 ACLS algorithm for asystole.

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By |2019-01-28T22:10:29-08:00Dec 2, 2012|Patwari Videos|

The mystique of direct laryngoscopy: Learning and teaching the procedure

This post is about an editorial comment by Dr. Richard Levitan on an article (1) about pulmonary critical care doctors performing intubations in the ICU (2). The study states that pulmonary critical care doctors can successfully perform this procedure. Dr. Levitan reports that intubation in elective anesthesia has a success rate between 98-99%, but when failure occurs the consequence can be catastrophic. The initial success rate of beginners is usually 50%, and it takes about 50 attempts in elective intubations to be 90% proficient.

By |2016-11-11T18:43:16-08:00Nov 11, 2012|Medical Education|

Best place to suffer a cardiac arrest?

Where’s the best place to suffer cardiac arrest? Seattle? Las Vegas? Who’s going to give me mouth-to-mouth resuscitation? Will someone know how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED)?

Where is the BEST place to experience a cardiac arrest???


As luck would have it, the best place would be at the ACEP Scientific Assembly. On the first day of Scientific Assembly, an exhibitor collapsed in the convention center without a pulse. At a conference with thousands of emergency physicians, several Good Samaritans immediately sprung into action. An attendee used a CPR mask while another operated an AED. They were able to revive their patient, where he is reportedly doing well at a local hospital.

Congratulations to Drs. David Pigott, Jared Shell, Jerry Edwards and everyone else involved on a job well done! 

By |2019-02-19T18:05:51-08:00Oct 17, 2012|Cardiovascular|

Trick of the Trade: Don’t miss the pneumothorax in needle thoracostomy

PTXtensionA patient arrives in PEA arrest and you note that her left chest has no breath sounds or lung sliding on bedside ultrasound. You suspect a tension pneumothorax.

You insert a standard 14g angiocather in the left 2nd intercostal space (ICS). You don’t hear a rush of air. The patient’s clinical condition deteriorates to impending asystole. How sure are you that your angiocatheter actually reached the pleural space?

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By |2017-08-03T00:59:44-07:00Oct 2, 2012|Tricks of the Trade|
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