The LITFL Review 021

Welcome to the awesome 21st edition!

The LITFL Review is your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peaks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team will cast the spotlight on the best and brightest from the blogosphere, the podcast video/audiosphere and the rest of the Web 2.0 social media jungle.

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beaut of the Week!

Emergency Medicine Update

  • Reuben Strayer has come out on top this week with his brilliant screen-cast paediatric airway for emergency physicians who are not also paediatrician. Reuben gives you all the pearls and pitfalls you need to dominate the paediatric airway and have you ruling the paeds resus room in no time, best of all he does it in a short 12 minute screen-cast (about the maximum attention spam you can get out of a emergency physician).

The Usual Suspects



Dr. Smiths ECG Blog

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine

The Poison Review

Free Emergency Medicine Talks

  • Are you using capnography for confirming ETT placement, what about during procedural sedation? Find out all its use’s in this week talk by Ernie Yeh on Capnography.

Intensive Care Network

  • Presents a talk by Simon Finfer discussing the role of decompressive craniectomy for diffuse traumatic brain injury in the post DECRA era. Check out part 1 of his talk below:

The Rest Of The Best

Ultrasound Village

Emergency Medicine Ireland

UMEM Educational Pearls

Amal Mattu’s pearl of the week looks at starting cooling during the resuscitation phase, instead or post ROSC.

  • It is now well-accepted that induction of hypothermia should be initiated in victims of cardiac arrest who regain spontaneous circulation and remain unresponsive.
  • Studies are now being performed and published that suggest that the earlier that hypothermia is induced, the better the neurological outcome. With this in mind, some experts are now recommending that cool IVF be the initial resuscitation fluid that these patients receive when resuscitation is initiated.
  • It appears that aggressive use of cool IVF right from the initiation of attempted resuscitation results in improvements in survival to hospital admission and discharge.
    • The bottom line here is that when caring for victims of primary cardiac arrest, we should be certain to cool the patients fast and early!


Another busy week of vodcasting over at HQmed, check out these beauties:

The Trauma Professionals Blog

Broome Docs


OSU Emergency Medicine

IV Line

  • For the medical students amongst us Pathology 101 is back with a look at pneumonia.

Twee-D and Twitical Care

Having trouble learning pathophysiology @Eleytherius makes its as easy as a tweet:

Path140 JPEG

News from the Fastlane

  • Mikes been busy not only sorting out the Western Force in New Zealand, but also arranging the FACEM VAQ By Subject worth checking out before the big quiz.

The Final Words

  • Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Harold R. McAlindon

  • Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

-Albert Einstein

That’s it for now… Hopefully this roundup of the world of electronic emergency medicine and critical care education for everyone helps you to deal with anyone, anything, anywhere at anytime for at least another week! If you’d like to suggest something for inclusion in the next edition of The LITFL Review, email our roving reporter: kane AT

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