EMCrit Podcast 29 – Procedural Sedation, Part II

It seems the government and other specialties are trying hard to make sedation as difficult as possible in the ED. We must persevere to provide the best procedural sedation to allow maximal comfort and safety for our patients. This continues the discussion started in Part I, where we discussed etomidate, ketamine, and versed/fentanyl. In this podcast, I discuss propofol, … [Read more...]

Procedural Sedation – Part I

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It seems the government and other specialties are trying hard to make sedation as difficult as possible in the ED. We must persevere to provide the best procedural sedation for the maximal comfort and safety for our patients. This brief lecture was originally posted on the defunct EMCrit Lecture Site on 8/7/2009. I'm reposting it here so I can post part II sometime this … [Read more...]

EMCrit Podcast 19 – Non-Invasive Ventilation

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Intubation is a sexy procedure, there is no doubt about it. NIV does not have the glamour; it's not nearly as cinematic. But for the patient, to spend 30 minutes on a NIV mask is preferable to a couple of days on the ventilator. In this episode, I discuss some of the basic ideas and methods of NIV. It is pretty simple as the mode only has 3 main settings: FiO2 - set … [Read more...]