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Oct 222013
 

Ultrasound-guided central venous catheter insertion: Standard of care, or preventing procedural skills? By Dr. Philippe Rola Ok, so let me preface this with the fact that I walk around with a handheld ultrasound rather than a stethoscope, and that I examine ALL patients with a focused cardiopulmonary and abdominal exam. My bias towards bedside ultrasound is [... read more]

Oct 192013
 
Overnight intensivists unnecessary in well-staffed ICUs? (Meta-analysis)

24/7 Intensivist Coverage Does Not Improve Outcomes: Meta-Analysis The debate over whether ICUs should be staffed around the clock by intensivist physicians has simmered for more than 20 years, with opinions on both sides driven more by values and personal biases than evidence. Recent studies have confirmed the benefit of daytime intensivists in ICUs but failed [... read more]

Oct 182013
 
Riociguat (Adempas) approved for PAH and CTEPH (pulmonary hypertension)

Riociguat (Adempas) Gets FDA Indications for Pulmonary Hypertension That was fast. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved riociguat (brand name Adempas, by Bayer) for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and the treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), on October 8 2013. Adempas is the first of a class of drugs for pulmonary hypertension [... read more]

Oct 172013
 
Home testing for sleep apnea bankrupting U.S. sleep centers

Home Sleep Apnea Testing: New Standard is Bad Deal for Sleep Docs Sleep doctors in the U.S. have been doubling up on their Prilosec and putting their accountants on speed-dial since the federal government and insurers began signaling they plan to eventually run the $2,000-per-sleep-study gravy train off its rails. With an estimated 18 million people [... read more]

Oct 162013
 
Spiriva Respimat inhaler as safe as HandiHaler (TIOSPIR)

Tiotropium: Safe In Either Form Tiotropium (Spiriva) comes in two devices: the Respimat in Europe delivers a mist, while the Handihaler in the U.S. delivers a dry powder. The Respimat has been bronchodilating under a dark cloud in Europe for the past 2 years, since a BMJ meta-analysis suggested there was a 52% increased risk of [... read more]

Oct 062013
 
Mechanical ventilation in ARDS due to sepsis (Surviving Sepsis Guidelines)

Mechanical Ventilation in ARDS Due to Sepsis See All the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines Sepsis is one of the main causes of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), in which the lungs are injured by circulating inflammatory mediators, resulting in severely impaired gas exchange usually requiring invasive mechanical ventilation. ARDS also results in poor lung compliance in [... read more]

Oct 062013
 
Pulmonary rehabilitation: no benefit at one year, even with extended Rx? (Review)

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: No Benefit After 12 Months Light, Infrequent Workouts Don’t Sustain Fitness Gains Pulmonary rehabilitation (“pulmonary rehab”) is a dressed-up name for what are essentially supervised exercise programs for people living with chronic lung disease. Although pulmonary rehab programs often include multidimensional support (nutrition, education, breathing exercises and psychological counseling), it’s the exercise that produces [... read more]

Sep 292013
 
Blood products for sepsis and septic shock (Surviving Sepsis Guidelines)

Transfusion of Blood Products for Sepsis and Septic Shock See all the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines People with severe sepsis and septic shock frequently experience what could be termed “hematologic failure” — abnormalities of blood cell lines and clotting / antithrombotic proteins that can occur in complex, protean patterns. Anemia, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and [... read more]

Sep 282013
 
Intubation Checklists -- are theirs better than yours?

Intubation Checklists in the ICU and ED Can They Save Lives? Endotracheal intubation in the ICU or emergency department is often challenging, to understate by a lot. Intubations outside the operating room are often emergent rush jobs on crashing, hypotensive, severely hypoxemic patients, or people with who have just self-extubated. Pulmonologists’ and emergency physicians’ familiarity [... read more]

Sep 222013
 
E-cigarettes prove effective for smoking cessation

E-Cigarettes Shown Effective as Smoking Cessation Aids Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes use battery power to vaporize a solution, usually containing nicotine dissolved in propylene glycol, glycerin, or polyethylene glycol, creating a puff of “smoke” that dissipates harmlessly. E-cigarettes deliver a hit of nicotine (about 1/4 to 1/2 that of a cigarette puff), but their vapor [... read more]

Sep 132013
 
Vasopressors for septic shock (Surviving Sepsis Guidelines)

Vasopressors for Septic Shock (Surviving Sepsis Guidelines) See All the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines Vasopressors are provided for septic shock that does not respond to fluid resuscitation. Norepinephrine (Levophed), epinephrine, vasopressin, phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine), and dopamine are the most commonly used vasopressors for septic shock. To achieve adequate fluid resuscitation, the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines advise at least 30 ml/kg [... read more]

Sep 132013
 
Mild weight gain after quitting smoking outweighed by cessation's benefits

Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Usually Mild, Harmless Nicotine is an anorexigen, or appetite suppressant. This “benefit” of cigarette smoking is no secret, certainly not to teenage girls, who in surveys report smoking to stay thin. Even among women smokers over age 40, more than half said they would not quit smoking if it meant they would [... read more]

Sep 122013
 
Join Us at the 2013 Pittsburgh International Lung Conference

We are quickly approaching the 2013 Pittsburgh International Lung Conference on October 17-18, 2013. The theme, “Acute and Chronic Lung Infections: Novel Pathogens, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics aims to describe and discuss the latest clinical and research advances as they apply to respiratory infections by bringing together leading regional, national, and international experts in the field. [... read more]

Sep 052013
 

Following “Surviving Sepsis” Guidelines Not Always the Best Care By Dr. Philippe Rola First of all, I would like to commend those involved in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign’s Guidelines. It is a tremendous endeavour that, without a doubt, has heightened awareness and their growing implementation has and will save many lives. I would, however, also [... read more]

Sep 022013
 
Surviving Sepsis Guidelines 2013 - Review & Update

Surviving Sepsis Guidelines 2013 Review & Update The Surviving Sepsis Campaign launched in 2002 as a collaboration between the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, with the shared goal of reducing deaths from sepsis and septic shock around the world. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign periodically publishes its Surviving [... read more]

Sep 022013
 
Surviving Sepsis Guidelines: Diagnosis of Sepsis and Septic Shock

Diagnosis of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock (from the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines) See all the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines Sepsis is defined as an infection (definite or suspected) with systemic manifestations (any 2 from a list). This definition may seem overly broad — it means that many people with colds and self-limited viral syndromes have sepsis [... read more]

Sep 022013
 
Surviving Sepsis Guidelines: Early Goal Directed Therapy, Initial Fluid Resuscitation

Initial Volume Resuscitation and EGDT for Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock See all the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines An approach including early goal directed therapy with aggressive initial fluid resuscitation has been considered a cornerstone of initial therapy for severe sepsis and septic shock, since a single-center randomized trial showed such a strategy initiated in the emergency department [... read more]

Sep 022013
 
Surviving Sepsis Guidelines: Initial Antibiotic / Antimicrobial Therapy

Initial Antibiotic / Antimicrobial Therapy in Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock For Sepsis, Use the Right Antibiotics at the Right Time (= As Early As Possible) See all the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines  The short version: Give appropriate and effective antibiotics as early as possible for patients known or suspected to be in severe sepsis or septic shock. [... read more]

Aug 242013
 
How to diagnose asthma (Review)

Diagnosis of Asthma: Review & Update Asthma is a poorly understood disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways (bronchi and bronchioles). This inflammation causes periodic constriction of the airways in people with asthma, with shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing that is often worse at night or early in the morning. Asthma is thought [... read more]