Of all the interventions we perform, chest tube insertion is one of the most dangerous, complicated and misunderstood. Today I’ll discuss not only the myths, but also some unfortunate realities that we must understand when we undertake this procedure.Myth # 1Bigger is betterI’m pretty sure we’ve all been told, partially thanks to ATLS, that we […]
Why should we insert CVCs?
WHY SHOULD WE INSERT CVCs? CVCs/CVLs are found in many, if not all critically ill ICU patients. Why? To monitor central venous pressure and fluid responsiveness? To measure markers of perfusion? To provide fluid resuscitation?Let’s discuss some common myths surrounding the uses of CVCs.A good place to start is a list of indications for insertion of central […]
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THE INTRO “You’re not going to use lidocaine with epi for that ring block, are you?” “Whoa, that potassium is 7, go get some Kayexalate.” “Calcium in a digoxin overdose, you’ll kill them!” Do any of the above sound familiar to you? I hope so! I’ll venture to guess that many of you have […]