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Monthly Archives: December 2009
37 patients with blunt traumatic cardiac arrest underwent attempted resuscitation by a HEMS crew over a four year period. Chest decompression was performed in 18 cases (17 thoracostomy, one needle decompression). The procedure revealed evidence of chest injury in 10 … Continue reading
Success rates with the bone injection gun were 71% (10 out of 14) in children <16 years and 73% (19 out of 26) in adults. Less encouraging data than that seen with the EZ-IO device, and consistent with the experience … Continue reading
Patients admitted to a level 1 trauma centre with traumatic brain injury whose end-tidal CO2 was kept with the Brain Trauma Foundation recommended limits of 30-35 mmHg (3.9-4.6 kPa) had a lower mortality than those whose CO2 was outside this … Continue reading
A Norwegian randomised controlled trial over five years compared out-of-hospital nontraumatic cardiac arrest outcomes between ACLS protocols with and without access to intravenous drugs (epinephrine/adrenaline, atropine, amiodarone). Patients randomised to the drug group had a higher rate of hospital admission … Continue reading
In a single centre observational study over 10 years of patients undergoing acute PCI of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery, 35 of 1890 (2%) had a distinct non-ST elevation ECG pattern. The ECG showed ST-segment depression at the J-point … Continue reading