What's the best for AF rate control?

What's the best for AF rate control?

How are you rate-controlling your a-fibers these days? Everyone has their own concoction, but since we now stock IV diltiazem (which is a first line treatment that most of us Yanks learned), we thought we might share a recent publication in Critical Care Medicine with you.

Intravenous diltiazem is superior to intravenous amiodarone or digoxin for achieving ventricular rate control in patients with acute uncomplicated atrial fibrillation.

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Planning for a difficult airway

Planning for a difficult airway

Emergency intubations are the most dangerous 10 minutes in the hospital. The difficult airway is just the type of low frequency, high consequence event that scares the crap out of me.

Cliff Reid, from Sydney, has an awesome blog where he recently interviewed the author of the Major complications of airway management in the UKThis report on every reported airway complication reads like a horror novel. 

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