Emergency Medicine

July Sim + Procedure Lab

7/31/13.  Mark the date, July EM residents/rotators.  Because this is… Advanced Airway Day. Where every patient needs an airway placed, and you’re the medical professional to do it.  Battle through artificial blood, emesis, and otherwise difficult anatomy as you practice placing both direct and surgical airways on semi-embalmed cadavers in controlled conditions, so that when the stuff hits the fan in the ED, you know exactly what to do. For those of you who are new to the fold and want a little prepping advice,… Continue Reading

Journal Club- May 2013: Does pre-hospital advanced airway management lead to worse patient outcomes?

Perhaps one of the most controversial topics in EM and prehospital literature was tackled by residents Tony Mueller and Eric Ernest (with faculty leader Dr Muelleman) a few weeks ago at an evening journal club dinner hosted at Dr Larsen’s house.  In their parsing out of the literature, the two residents debated whether recent evidence truly suggests poorer outcomes for patients who receive advanced airways by EMS prior to hospital arrival.  Many paramedics learn how to intubate unstable patients as part of their training, and… Continue Reading