Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter

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Hemophilia and von Willebrand’s Disease

Hemophilia A x linked recessive causing defective VIII:c, Abnormal ptt. Replace c cryoprecipitate of factor VIII 1 unit=100 units VIII 1 cc of FFP=1 unit VIII and less of IX dDAVP raises factor VIII by causing release from endothelial cells, It has ADH-like effects.  Dose:  0.3 mcg/kg. Number of units=0.5 x (Desired Factor Level) x […]

Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care

best book: Manual of Perioperative Medicine by Bojar Post-CABG what was bypassed? discrete lesion vs. diffuse disease what was the graft material? art vs. vein, pedicle vs. free Looking for MAP 70-80 and DBP>50 First 6 hours, need CI>2.0 Hb 8.0 Fix acidosis CVP is actually a good monitor of RV failure Consider SWAN if […]

Oliguria and Urinary Electrolytes

Post from Nickson on Life in the Fast Lane USES Oliguria UNa+ low (<10mmol/L) – extravascular volume depletion UNa+ high (>20) – tubular damage Hyponatraemia UNa+ low (<10) – extra-renal losses UNa+ high (>20) – renal salt losing states, SIADH, diuretic therapy Fractional excretion of Na+ = 100 x UNa+ x PCr / PNa+ x […]

ICU Management of Brain Tumor

acutely bring NA up to 150 until post-op with 3% infusion and 23.4% boluses. After op, continue 3% or 2% to maintain sodium within 10 of plateau, keep weaning slowly over 48 hrs post-op at which point can transition to NS   Steroids Decadron 10 mg continue 8-32 mg/day posterior fossa will need slow wean […]

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) Toxic shock syndrome presents with high fever, rash and hypotension.  Prodrome of malaise, low grade fever, myalgias and vomiting.  Sx may occur 2-3 days after tampon use, soft tissue infection, or within a week of other inciting factors. Rash is a diffuse, non-pruritic, blanching, macular erythroderma leading to desquamation. Clinical Criteria […]

Aortic Operative Stuff

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Alkalemia – Metabolic and Respiratory Alkalosis


Alkalemia hypokalemia (and sensitization to dig related arrhythmias) reduction of ionized calcium leading to neurologic symptoms Stimulates anaerobic metabolism Metabolic Alkalosis Plasma bicarb>45 seek to lower it to Nasogastric Suction/Vomiting Diuretics-from increased loss of urinary electrolytes and water. Cl loss balanced by reabsorbtion of bicarb, H+ moves into cells to allow eflux of K. Mg […]


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