Oximetry is fundamental to critical care. Consequently, even small biases in pulse oximetry measurements could have real clinical impact (especially when leveraged across innumerable measurements among thousands of patients). Racial bias in pulse oximetry was the subject of two studies in 2005 and 2007. The topic was then largely ignored over the past 13 years. […]
Some studies have reported a gradual upwards trend in the PEEP being used for intubated patients without ARDS (e.g., from 5 cm to 7 cm). Is this good or bad? That is the question which the RELAX trial embarked upon answering. It’s a complex question which probably doesn’t have a binary answer… but never mind – let’s get to the study.
Massive Transfusion Protocols have attracted substantial attention over the past several years, so most folks will be familiar with the general concepts. This chapter reviews a variety of details which may be essential to the success of an MTP – yet can easily get lost in the chaos. The IBCC chapter is located 👉 here. […]
With the publication of the SOLIDARITY trial, there is increasing consensus that remdesivir doesn’t affect mortality. However, there continues to be debate about whether remdesivir affects hospital length of stay. Let’s dig into the data here to try to reconcile differences between ACTT-1 and SOLIDARITY. Did ACTT-1 actually show that remdesivir reduces the hospital length […]
The closed mouth catches no flies Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1742 We’re hopefully nearing the end of the COVID pandemic, with vaccines coming soon. Unfortunately, vaccines won’t be able to bail us out this winter. Neither will fancy designer pharmaceuticals. The main interventions necessary to keep us safe for now are basic public health […]