Torsades De Pointes with Rob Orman from ERCAST

This month Joe was honored to be a guest on Rob Orman's famed Podcast ERCast. Joe and Rob define Torsades de Pointes, talk about management, and explain why OVERDRIVE pacing isn't a real thing in the Emergency Department.

Check it out:

http://blog.ercast.org/torsades-de-pointes/

The Birth of a Legend: #HollywoodWeingart

The Essentials of Emergency Medicine 2015 was AMAZING, in so many ways.  One thing, in particular, stood out amongst others… The Birth of a LEGEND. Take a look at how a true legend is born:

 

Hollywood Weingart Trailer from Joe Bellezzo on Vimeo.

Haney Mallemat MD, Anand Swaminathan MD, Scott Weingart MD, Zack Shinar MD, Rob Orman MD

The Rat Pack: Another Year of EDECMO (2014/2015) – Video

Mechanical Circulatory Support for the Emergency Physician: a talk by Felipe Teran MD

Felipe Teran is a personal friend, a friend of the show, and an Emergency Physician who has dedicated himself to the world of resuscitation…specifically to cardiac arrest and mechanical circulatory support.  In this 30 minute talk, Felipe nicely reviews the role of mechanical circulatory devices in cardiac arrest and cariogenic shock. Take a listen:

Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds lecture given at Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University on July 29th, 2015. This 30-minute lecture is a general overview of the current available strategies of mechanical circulatory support, technical aspects and clinical indications of these therapies with focus on the aspects that are relevant for emergency physicians. Thanks to Scott Weingart, Joe Bellezzo, Zack Shinar and Marc Stone.

Topics mentioned on this lecture include:
– Pathophysiology of cardiogenic shock
– Intra-aortic balloon pump
– Impellas
– Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
– Left Ventricular Assist Devices

Follow on Twitter @FTeranMD for questions, feedback and impressions.

SMACCback Chicago: Ho & Bellezzo

Sophie Connolly and Alice Young from the SMACC Chicago team interviewed Dr. Chris Ho (Chief of Emergency Medicine at Sharp Memorial Hospital) and me (Joe) after our infamous cage match – where we debated the utility of ECPR.  Check out the SMACCback interview on the Intensive Network:

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Or download the interview from iTunes

 

Reanimate 2016: RN spots still available! Bring the whole crew!

RN spots still available…bring your crew and learn the team approach to ECPR and Endovascular Resuscitation…

www.reanimateconference.com

EDECMO 23 – ORNATO LIVES! – How ECMO Saved a Pillar of Resuscitation

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Dept of Emergency Medicine. Joseph Ornato MD

“They RSI'd me…they cannulated me…

Here I am today, two months later…”

Joe Ornato, a pillar in the world of resuscitation, suffered a massive PE and arrested upon arrival to the Virginia Commonwealth University Emergency Department in April 2015.  First: hats off!!! to the Emergency Department, the resuscitation team, the CT surgeons and entire staff at VCU. How it all unfolded is amazing! You MUST listen to this episode to hear the details…

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Dr. Joseph P. Ornato is professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. He is also medical director of the Richmond Ambulance Authority, the Prehospital Paramedic System serving Richmond, Va. Dr. Ornato is triple board certified (internal medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine) and is an active researcher in the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dr. Ornato is an editor of the journal Resuscitation. He is past Chairman of the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and its Advanced Cardiac Life Support Subcommittee. He chaired the National Steering Committee on the NIH Public Access Defibrillation Trial. He is currently consultant and cardiac co-chairman of the NIH Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) and serves as principal investigator for VCU on the NIH-sponsored Neurological Emergency Treatment Trials (NETT) Network. Dr. Ornato is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Ornato and EMS team

Dr. Ornato and the prehospital trauma team

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We lose the equivalent of one medium sized American city to the problem of sudden, unexpected cardiac arrest each year. The best weapon we have against this killer is early defibrillation. We need to move quickly to saturate the chain of survival, particularly the early defibrillation  component, in every community.”

-Joe Ornato, MD, FACC, FACEP

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We Will Miss You, John Hinds

I am a motoryclist, but never to the extent, passion or expertise of @docjohnhinds.

I am a doctor, but never to the extent, passion or expertise of @docjohnhinds

I am a resuscitationist, but never to the extent, passion or expertise of @docjohnhinds.

I didn't know John Hinds until I met him for the first time at SMACC Chicago 2 weeks ago:

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 10.10.56 AMBut I knew much about this amazing man because he was a legend in the resuscitation and trauma world. John was one of the “flying doctors” who dedicated a significant amount of time to caring for motorcycle road racers after life-threatening crashes.  He would ride right behind racers at near-racing speeds so he could be there in the first few seconds after a catastrophe.  He was the reason many men, who should've died, were able to survive. He was a legend in Northern Ireland.

Sadly, John was killed July 3, 2015 while providing medical coverage for  a Skerries 100 practice session.

It wasn't more than a few weeks ago that John gave an amazing talk at #smaccUS on his passion for motorcycles, resuscitation, intensive care, and motorcycle racing.  He was actively lobbying for an air-rescue helicopter system in Northern Ireland.

I only knew John for a moment. But in the wake if his work in Northern Ireland, and across the World, his legacy will live on.  In the last couple days, there has been an outpouring of support from everyone who knew him…

 

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Hinds talking at SMACC

 

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EDECMO 22 – Managing the Crashing Tox Patient with ECMO – with Leon Gussow & Steve Aks from The Poison Review

 

…the key thing is to put them on ECMO when they need it, but not a minute sooner!

-Leon Gussow

In this episode Scott, Zack and Joe were all in the same room…in a conference room at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – where we were doing ECPR studies in an animal model of cardiac arrest with Jim Manning. We spoke with legendary toxicologists Leon Gussow and Steve Aks about the role of ECMO and ECPR in the overdosed tox patient.

This is a fascinating discussion about the nuances of ECMO in the crashing intoxicated patient.

Check out THE POISON REVIEW and Subscribe to them in iTunes

GussowLeon Gussow MD,

University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Emergency Medicine News “Toxicology Rounds”
Medical Editor of ‘The Poison Review”

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Steve Aks DO, FACMT, FACOEP, FACEP

Director, Toxicology Fellowship Program, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System


 

Some Unique Situations:

ECMO and intralipid?

  • What are the adverse effects associated with the combined use of intravenous lipid emulsion and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the poisoned patient. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2015 Mar;53(3):145-50. doi: 10.3109/15563650.2015.1004582. Epub 2015 Jan 29.
  • Bolus dose intralipid before ECMO is reasonable and should not result in significant pump complications with our current oxygenators.  However, starting intra-lipid after the patient is on bypass won't likely provide much more benefit and could shorten the life of your oxygenator.

ECMO and Dialysis?

  • Hemodialysis can be done in-line with the ECMO circuit, but its preferred to use a separate dialysis catheter placed at a remote site (ie the IJ).  A dialysis circuit CAN be spliced into the ECMO circuit, but is a little more complicated.

Mitochondrial and Cellular Respiration Poisons (dinitrophenol & Cyanid) and Carbon Monoxide?

  • ECMO is of NO USE in these intoxications.