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Help me fill in the blanks of the practice of ED Critical Care. In this podcast, we discuss all things related to the crashing, critically ill patient in the Emergency Department. Find the show notes at emcrit.org.

EMCrit Podcast - Critical Care and Resuscitation Scott D. Weingart, MD FCCM

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Help me fill in the blanks of the practice of ED Critical Care. In this podcast, we discuss all things related to the crashing, critically ill patient in the Emergency Department. Find the show notes at emcrit.org.

    EMCrit 274 – Team Leadership with Cliff Reid

    EMCrit 274 – Team Leadership with Cliff Reid

    Team leadership is hard [duh]. Teaching it to our trainees is even tougher. When you work in a team of true experts with established implicit communication, things just flow--giving the the team leader the impression that they actually know what the hell they are doing. The mark of a good team leader is how they handle a less than ideal team. I found a true master to interview on the topic of team leadership--friend of the show, Cliff Reid.

    Attitudinal Choices

    * Authoritative vs. empowering

    * Be Aware that many of us are helped or hurt by implicit biases

    Gender bias paper

    * Ju et al. Effect of Professional Background and Gender on Residents’ Perceptions of Leadership. Academic Medicine. 2019 Nov;94:S42–7.

    Prep and Prebrief

    * Relational Coordination by Purdy et al.

    from Purdy et al.

    Where to Stand

    * Foot of the bed in the opinion of Cliff and me

    Zero Point Survey (ZPS)

    * Cliff's Video on ZPS

    * Perform STEP at the beginning then UP for team recaps

    Recap / SitRep / Updates-Priorities

    * What am I missing here?

    How to Lead from the Follower Slot

    * Presupposition

    * Pacing and Leading

    * Play to their ego

    Drive by Voice / Fly by Voice

    * Commentary Driving

    Eyes On / Eyes Off

    Sydney HEMS Team Communication Videos

    More from Cliff on EMCrit

    * How to Be a Hero with Cliff Reid

    * Making Things Happen with Cliff Reid

    * Mind of the Resuscitationist with Cliff Reid

    * Cliff Reid's Own the Resus Room

    Additional Reading

    * Resus Communication

    * Hicks Human Factors for Teams Summary from Simulcast

    * Hicks Fog of War

    * Another of those duh studies, but it had to be done -- No difference between EM and surgery resident team leading for trauma

    * ABCs of Team Leadership from Regions

    * Brindley on followership

    Now on to the Podcast...

    • 51 min
    • video
    EMCrit Wee – A Theoretical Model of the Pathophysiology of COVID-19 with Farid Jalali (Not a Single Thing Verified–Pure Musings)

    EMCrit Wee – A Theoretical Model of the Pathophysiology of COVID-19 with Farid Jalali (Not a Single Thing Verified–Pure Musings)

    Today on the podcast, my guest lays out a theoretical framework for the pathophysiology of the lung effects of COVID-19.

    Farid Jalali

    Dr. Farid Jalali received his Medical Degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 2012. He completed his postgraduate training in Gastroenterology at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in 2018. Dr. Jalali has had extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of GI and Liver disorders. He has a special focus on cancer prevention and spends a great deal of time educating and helping patients on how to prevent cancers in the GI tract and Liver. [@farid__jalali]


    Potential Treatments


    Slides from the Presentation

    * Farid Jalali COVID-19 Pathophys

    Take Home Points from the Talk

    * Early endothelial stabilization, before hypoxia sets in, is key to prevent SARS-CoV-2 induced, excess Angiotensin II mediated, intense alveolar capillary vasoconstriction as well as the concomitant pro-inflammatory, pro-thrombotic endothelial milieu, all of which form the basis of lung

    injury in COVID19.

    * Once hypoxia sets in, supportive care should include early and aggressive endothelial stabilization interventions, properly dosed anticoagulation to prevent lung microvascular thrombi, HFNC, and awake prone position to redistribute flow away from the forming dorsal-predominant intrapulmonary shunts.

    * Alveolar capillary microvascular thrombi are not a pre-requisite for the severe lung injury in COVID19, but are a clear step in the wrong direction if allowed to be formed.

    * Lung's natural and physiologic protective response to SARS-CoV-2 induced alveolar capillary vasoconstriction and dead-space ventilation is characterized by alveolar hypocapnic bronchoconstriction at the level of the alveolar ducts to reduce a harmful alveolar expansion in these affected capillaries.

    * Naturally, unaffected capillaries and corresponding alveoli will have a higher redistribution of ventilation, will exchange more CO2 into alveolar space, and will therefore have hypercapnic bronchodilation.

    * This redistribution keeps the lung compliance preserved in the initial lung injury characterized mainly by dead-space ventilation, forming intrapulmonary shunts, without significant interstitial or alveolar edema.

    * Compensatory lower inspiratory volumes characterize the patient's response, associated with higher respiratory rate, and "shallow rapid breaths" without distress. [this has not been my experience--EMCrit]

    * This lower inspiratory volume is needed to prevent expansion of alveoli in the affected vasculopathic areas, as inappropriate expansion compounds the vasoconstriction in these affected alveolar capillaries.

    * This will result in a compensatory tendency to develop hypocapnea on blood gas analysis, often concomitant with hypoxia as intrapulmonary shunts also begin to form as lung injury progress.

    * Higher lung volumes, and positive pressure ventilation, disturb the fine balance maintained physiologically in the ventilatory redistribution pattern of the COVID1 9 lung, between high V/Q mismatch areas (poor perfusion, compensatory reduced ventilation to protect against the vasculopathy) and the compensating lower V /Q areas that safely receive higher ventilation in return.

    * Therefore, mechanical ventilation may result in worsening of dead-space ventilation by constricting alveolar cap...

    • 55 min
    EMCrit 273 – Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilators & Q&A with Sara Crager

    EMCrit 273 – Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilators & Q&A with Sara Crager

    This episode continues on from last time's talk by Sara Crager on Right Ventricular Failure. This is a Q&A session with a focus on inhaled pulmonary vasodilators.

    Nitric Oxide

    Sara likes it through ETT or Hi-Flo NC (can also be done through BIPAP)

    Start at 20 ppm

    See results within 5-10 minutes

    Monitor with CVP

    Additional Resources

    * PulmCrit- Inhaled NO for submassive PE: iNOPE or iYEP?

    * Review Article on Inhaled NO


    Epoprostenol (Flolan)

    May be more complicated to set-up

    go back to marker 5

    Epoprostenol @ 0.05 mcg/kg/min

    Must have filters on the circuit

    * Review Article on Inhaled EpoProst



    Get the vial, you want 1 mg/ml with 15 mls in vial

    5 ml (5 mg) q 6 hours (According to Dr. Crager--may be more frequent if symptoms rebound (down to q 3 hrs))

    Ideally use ultrasonic nebulizer

    onset ~15 minutes

    Must have filters on circuit

    LVOTO & RVOTO contraindication for the milrinone



    aeroneb pro

    must have filters on vent

    from Andre Denault Lecture

    Additional Resources

    * Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilator Therapy for Management of Right Ventricular Dysfunction after Left Ventricular Assist Device Placement and Cardiac Transplantation

    * A multicentre randomized-controlled trial of inhaled milrinone in high-risk cardiac surgical patients


    Intratracheal Milrinone Bolus for a Crashing Patient

    50-80 mcg/kg or 5 mg (1/2 a bolus is also used by some)

    onset 4-5 minutes

    from the amazing Hospitalist & the Resuscitationist Lecture 2019 by Andre Denault



    Need conc. of 1 mg/ml (standard bottle is 200 mcg/ml)

    Doses in studies range from 2.5-25 mcg/kg/min for 10 minutes or 50 ug/kg total given over 8 minutes (perhaps easiest to put 4-5 mg in neb and let it run)

    * PulmCrit- Nebulized nitroglycerin: The stealth pulmonary vasodilator hiding under your nose?

    Photo by Valeriia Bugaiova on Unsplash

    Now on to the Podcast...

    • 26 min
    EMCrit 272 – Right Heart Failure with Sara Crager

    EMCrit 272 – Right Heart Failure with Sara Crager

    We did an amazing episode on EMCrit with Susan Wilcox on Right Heart Failure. However, this oft neglected ventricle deserves even more coverage giving how pesky it can be when it fails. So we brought Sara Crager, MD to Stony Brook to give Grand Rounds. You are going to love this lecture. Part 2 is a Q&A and will be released as a separate episode.


    This is an embedded Microsoft Office presentation, powered by Office.


    Now on to the Podcast...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EMCrit Wee – COVID Ventilation Round Table Discussion

    EMCrit Wee – COVID Ventilation Round Table Discussion


    Josh Farkas

    Rory Spiegel

    Cameron Kyle-Sidell

    Scott Weingart

    COVID Low Low PEEP Scale

    not for clinical use, just a thought provoker

    Now on to the Wee...

    • 22 min
    EMCrit 271 – Additional, Additional COVID Airway Thoughts with the Actual Audio this Time

    EMCrit 271 – Additional, Additional COVID Airway Thoughts with the Actual Audio this Time

    Insane, Granular Intubating-Monkey Checklist

    * Insane Granular Monkey Tube Checklist 2020-04-13

    COVID Awake Repositioning and Proning Protocol (CARP)

    * See the CARP Post

    Keep 'em from getting Intubated Flow (Adapted from Cam Kyle-Sidell's)

    * COVID Oxygen Management Flowchart SDW edits

    Now on to the Podcast...

    • 24 min

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I’m a Peds/occasional-Adult nurse, home care/hospital/clinic background. Most of the time with this podcast I’m in over my head. It doesn’t matter. I’m not taking this for credit, I’m not responsible to treat at the same level. I get to just learn, hear big picture and big concept material and can replay when I don’t get something or pause and look it up or let it go and get what I can contextually. The material gives me greater field context, and Dr. Weingart has a very relaxing, informative, often funny way of presenting material.

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This is an informative and helpful & truthful podcast. I am a civilian from NY/NJ. I have keen instincts in areas where I don’t have knowledge. I really haven’t trusted anyone regarding this virus, including TV doctors, the White House doctor Fauci and many more, throughout this COVID event. I enjoy listening to doctors talk about this virus because they fill in the gaps. So much doesn’t make sense until I hear these roundtables. You have no reason to embellish or hold back info, but our politicians and govt does. Thanks for continuing these podcasts during such a busy time. I know talking it out helps you guys everyday as well. Thanks for all you do xoxo

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