The guiding physiological principles of resuscitation have for so long been based off the restoration of normal macroscopic hemodynamics in the hopes that the reversal of such circulatory perturbations will correct the underlying cellular injustices. And yet time after time such strategies have failed to show definitive benefits when empirically tested. The simple practice […]
In a previous post we discussed the use of IVC variation and the concept of fluid responsiveness. Despite a strong physiological basis, no studies examining the use of fluid responsiveness to guide resuscitative efforts in patients with septic shock have been shown to improve patient important outcomes. Shortly after this post was released, Critical Care […]
Anyone who has spent some time in a cardiac intensive care unit understands the physiologic appeal of the intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP). Anecdotally its use improves multiple clinical endpoints that for years have been considered surrogates for patient important outcomes. And yet, despite these physiologic advantages when examined in a rigorous fashion, IABPs have failed […]
We’re still working on the Greater NY Sepsis Initiative. The next step towards making a non-invasive protocol possible is to teach folks how to use ultrasound of the IVC to assess fluid responsiveness. I developed this video to get ED & ICU docs up to speed. If you can do ANY ultrasound exam, you can do this one.