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 21 – A Bad Sedation Package Leaves your Patient Trapped in a Nightmare

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Pushing some ativan followed by vecuronium is no longer an acceptable strategy to manage post-intubation sedation. A good analgesia and sedation package is essential if you care about your patient's comfort and well-being. We need to move to PAIN-FIRST paradigm. Optimize analgesia and then add in sedative agents as a bonus. In this episode of the EMCrit Podcast, I expand on a … [Read more...]

EMCrit Podcast 20 – The Crashing Atrial Fibrillation Patient

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Your patient is pale and diaphoretic. Blood pressure is 70/50. Heart rate is 178. EKG shows atrial fibrillation... What are you going to do??? Yeah, yeah the Pavlovian ACLS response--You cardiovert. Wonderful, except it didn't change a thing. Now what? In this episode, I discuss the crashing atrial fibrillation patient. Shock If the patient is chronically in atrial fib, … [Read more...]