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ERcast Lite

Welcome to ERCast, a focused discussion on the questions, quagmires and known unknowns we face everyday in the emergency department.

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Jun 8, 2020

In the swan song of ERcast Lite, we speak with Scott Weingart about the truths, misunderstandings, and physiology of ECMO.

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May 18, 2020

The good news is that verbal de-escalation is a tool that can be learned by almost anyone. In this episode, we learn from two masters in the art of de-escalating those who are agitated and upset.  Jose Pacheco, RN, known affectionately to his co-workers as ‘The Drunk Whisperer’, has a specific sequence to this...

Apr 30, 2020

None of us are immune from stress, especially now. This is a critical moment for us to look out not only for our own mental health but that of our colleagues. In this episode, Dr. Melissa Shepard sits down with Primary Care RAP host Dr. Neda Frayha for some real talk on the mental health challenges facing health care...

Apr 22, 2020

A critical care crash course with Mizuho Morrison and Scott Weingart.

We discuss:

  • Big picture and escalation of care
  • Step by step approach to respiratory support for the 'happy hypoxemic'
  • COVID intubation
  • Ventilator settings and troubleshooting
  • Society of Critical Care guidelines
  • IV Fluids, vasopressors, steroids,...

Apr 9, 2020

ED-intensivist Scott Weingart has developed several protocols for airway management in COVID-19 patients, but each of those answers brings up more questions. In this episode: ‘happy hypoxemia’, the 4 types of COVID patients, Covid L vs H, is there a role for ECMO in severe disease, why intubation should be a last...