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Veno-arterial-extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECMO-CPR) has been recommended by new resuscitation guidelines in the United Kingdom. Our recently established yet unfunded ECMO-CPR service has thus far treated 6 patients, with 3 making a good recovery....
Shoulder tip pain may occur after thoracic surgical procedures. The pain is caused by diaphragmatic irritation and is referred to the shoulder. Shoulder tip pain is often resistant to treatment with conventional analgesics. The sphenopalatine ganglion block has been described to manage many...
An 81-year-old woman with extensive peripheral vascular and coronary artery disease was admitted to the intensive care unit with a deep heel abscess and urinary tract infection. When cultures from the heel ulcer yielded vancomycin-resistant enterococci, she was started on the antibiotic...
Cardiac vasoplegia remains a significant contributor of morbidity and mortality in cardiac surgery patients after cardiopulmonary bypass. Effective therapeutic options for vasopressor-refractory vasoplegia are limited. We report 3 patients in whom we administered high-dose intravenous ascorbic...
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Fasting guidelines are used to prevent perioperative aspiration but they are only reliable in healthy elective patients. Point-of-care gastric ultrasound allows qualitative and quantitative evaluation of gastric contents at the bedside. This case report describes the use of serial gastric...
We report the case of a 9-year-old girl who sustained blunt trauma to the chest and presented for emergent repair of a complete tracheobronchial laceration. Tracheobronchial laceration is potentially life threatening. While conservative management has been described for simple tears, more...
A 2-month-old girl with abnormal facial features and malnutrition presented for placement of a gastrostomy tube. The surgery was performed under general anesthesia using a laryngeal mask airway (LMA); however, after removal of the LMA, the patient had recurrent airway collapse, requiring...
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