Papers of August 2018

Welcome to August’s papers of the month.

So this is our last offering for the summer until whilst we take a short break until September, so we had to finish off we 3 great papers!

First up we look at the drug of the moment (or decade…) in tranexamic acid and the effect that it has on outcomes in primary intracerebral haemorrhage.

Next, what role does point of care ultrasound (POCUS) hold in the patient presenting with undifferentiated shock? We look at a randomised control trial of POCUS in this patient cohort that assesses the ability to translate POCUS into a mortality benefit.

Finally we look at a delphi study published in the EMJ which explores expert opinion upon multiple aspects of paediatric traumatic arrests. The results are fascinating and may inform some of the CRM used in the next case you see.

As always we strongly suggest you have a look at the papers yourself and come to your own conclusions. Make sure you check out the hyperlinked blogs below that we mention in the podcast that contain some fantastic critiques. We’d also love to hear any comments either at the foot of this page or on twitter to @TheResusRoom.


Simon & Rob

References & Further Reading

Tranexamic acid for hyperacute primary IntraCerebral Haemorrhage (TICH-2): an international randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 superiority trial. Sprigg N. Lancet. 2018

Does Point-of-Care Ultrasonography Improve Clinical Outcomes in Emergency Department Patients With UndifferentiatedHypotension? An International Randomized Controlled Trial From the SHoC-ED Investigators. Atkinson PR. Ann Emerg Med. 2018

Paediatric traumatic cardiac arrest: a Delphi study to establish consensus on definition and managementRickard AC. Emerg Med J. 2018

St Emlyns JC; Tich Tich Boom?

First10EM; TXA in ICH (TICH-2)

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