June 9, 2017
When I'm eavesdropping on other peoples conversations at ultrasound courses, I often hear people talk about compressing the vessel you want to cannulate to make sure its a vein and not an artery (if you happen to be placing a peripheral IV). Here's the thing: Peripheral arteries and veins can both be compressible.
I suggest looking for pulsitility instead of compressibility when trying to differentiate between the two. Check out the podcast for more deets.
June 3, 2017
This week, we're going to explore Haney Mallemat's top three central line placement tips and tricks. This episode was shot during a phenomenal hike in the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Check it out and let me know what you think!
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May 11, 2017
Next on my US-guided IV series: Who gets an IV? (Spoiler alert, this procedure isn't for all patients).
The patients who should be getting USGIVs should be the following:
- At least 2 staff members have tried 3 times (total) to get IV using standard techniques.
- You know they're a difficult stick and you have time
- You're patient isn't coding (You should be placing the IO)
May 7, 2017
You should care about superficial venous thrombosis. If they're in the lower extremities and greater than 5 cm in length, they have increased risk of DVT and PE. Check out the video for more info.
April 28, 2017
After you successfully cannulate the vein, the most important factors determining if it stays in (I.E., doesn't extravasate/infiltrate/dislodge) are the length of the catheter and the distance of the vein from the surface.
Here's the bottom line:
If the vein is <1 cm from the skin, standard IV length will probably be fine
If the vein is > 1 cm from the skin, you need a longer IV catheter.
Check out the video for more specifics!
April 20, 2017
This week, we look at a patient with severe bradycardia. The monitor is showing pacing, but...is it, though?
If you want more cool sonos or if you need some guided hands-on AND would like to do it at Jackson Hole, Wyoming join me, Mike Mallin, Matt Dawson and Haney Mallemat at Yellowstone Ultrasound 2017! Spots are filling up fast!
April 3, 2017
Ben Smith (@ultrasoundjelly) and I have been working on this phenomenal education tool, The Wheel of Echo! Check it out and let me know what you think.
March 28, 2017
I've been wanting to share more cases with you guys, and decided on a new mini series within 5minsono: Cool Sono, Bro!. I'm going to be showing you cool cases I see in the ED with short (hopefully) 2 minute explanations. Check out the inaugural episode: The hypoxic trauma patient!
March 20, 2017
The interscalene brachial plexus block was my first foray into brachial plexus blocks, and it has a special place in my heart. This block is great for shoulder dislocations or proximal shoulder injuries (ie, proximal humerus fractures, abscesses, etc). Check out this video to learn how to perform it!
February 27, 2017
Many of you probably already perform isolated ulnar, median and radial nerve blocks. But... what about all three of them at the same time? Here we talk about a case where we anesthetized the entire hand using 3 nerve blocks at the forearm. Check it out.