In this podcast, I explain why I don’t think needle compression is such a clever idea. Main points are: most people can’t find anterior target, most angiocaths won’t reach, and if used diagnostically you may not be in the pleura leading to an unidentified pneumo or hemothorax. Also, when used diagnostically, if the chest was negative you just caused a pneumothorax.
I recently spoke at a symposium at the Greater NY Hospital Assoc’s with the title: Controversies in Critical Care. I debated Paul Mayo, MD on the topic of whether paralytics should be used for ICU emergent intubations. Of course, I took the pro side of the debate. Dr. Mayo based his con side on an amazing study that came out of his ICU at LIJ hospital in NY.