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

EDECMO 24 – Weaning VA-ECMO, with Deirdre Murphy

In this episode, Zack and Joe talk with Deirdre Murphy, the Deputy Director of the ICU, director of the cardiothoracic ICU at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. The Alfred has put itself on the map in so many ways over the past decade. Home to Stephen Bernard (of the original Hypothermia after ROSC without RONF fame), Chris Nickson (@precordialthump, @ragepodcast, @intensiveblog, #SMACC, lifeinthefastlane.com), and good friends Jason McClure, Steve McGloughlin, Josh Ihle, Paul Nixon, and Deirdre Murphy, The Alfred is becoming a mecca for advanced resuscitation and ECMO/ECPR.  In this episode we sat down with Dr. Murphy to discuss the nuances of weaning a patient from ECMO.

As ED Docs, Zack and I find ourselves at the heroic end of the resuscitation spectrum when the dying patient goes on pump…but what happens at the other end? What happens in the hours, days, and weeks that follow?  Listen to this episode to find out…

 

Deirdre Murphy MB (Hons), MRCPI, FCARCSI, FCICM, DDU (Crit Care), PGDipEcho

Deirdre Murphy MB (Hons), MRCPI, FCARCSI, FCICM, DDU (Crit Care), PGDipEcho

Deirdre Murphy MB (Hons), MRCPI, FCARCSI, FCICM, DDU (Crit Care), PGDipEcho

Deirdre is Deputy Director ICU, Director of the Cardiothoracic ICU at The Alfred Hospital with particular interests in echocardiography and cardiac intensive care, especially mechanical circulatory supports including Ventricular Assist Devices and ECMO. Deirdre originally trained in Ireland with postgraduate training in general medicine and anaesthesia prior to undertaking intensive care training in Australia in 1999. She has been an Intensivist at The Alfred since 2003. Deirdre has been using echo in clinical practice since 2002 and heads the ICU echocardiography programme at the Alfred. She is convenor of the Alfred Critical Care Echocardiography Course and the Alfred TOE course and teaches on many of the other Alfred courses including the Ultrasound, ECMO and HeART courses.

A paper just published in Intensive Care Medicine followed this algorithm:

(Intensive Care Med (2015) 41:902-905)

How to wean a patient from veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

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Some Notes

Signs of improvement

  • Pulsatility indicates the patient is getting better
  • ETCO2 starts to rise
  • Weaning Vasopressors

 

Want More??

Check out Dr. Murphy's talk from smaccGOLD on “ECMO: What could go wrong?”

Also, check out the incredible resources on ECMO on the INTENSIVE blog (the Alfred ICU Education blog)

Update:

Can we use ETCO2 to assess weaning?

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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

Dept of Emergency Medicine_Joseph Ornato_MD

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

 

Hinds wheely