A 52 year old bricklayer is transferred from another hospital with an acute episode of dizziness, palpitations and tachycardia. 2 days prior, he had bilateral total knee replacements for osteoarthritis.
Environmental Enigma: One of your colleagues tells you he is going to climb Mt Kilimanjaro next month. He has never been to altitude before and asks you how he can prevent altitude sickness while on his trek...
A patient has chest pain and shortness of breath. Is there a way to rule out pulmonary embolism without further investigation? Can you use the PERC rule?
An ICU patient has become increasingly 'puffed' post-tracheostomy. Can you figure out why? What are your going to do about it?
A mechanically ventilated patient has high peak inspiratory pressures. You need to silence that incessant the alarm... What are you going to do?
A young man has been intubated for severe asthma. Now his blood pressure is heading for the floor. What are you going to do about it? Think you can save a life?
A patient develops hypoxia soon after intubation. Where lies the problem? Is it man or machine?
An elderly man with a nasty looking chest x-ray is treated with penicillin. Should the antibiotic be changed in light of his sputum MCS?
aka Pulmonary Puzzler 010 A 13 year-old boy with a history of allergic rhinitis is sent in to the emergency department by his family doctor. Three days previously he was exposed to smoke from a bushfire and has been having…
A 30 year old male presents with a 3 day history of fevers and increasing breathlessness. On presentation he is noted to be severely hypoxic with sats of 80% on room air. The following chest X-ray is obtained:
A 19 year old male is admitted after a severe traumatic brain injury. Due to refractory intracranial hypertension he is intubated and receiving 20mg an hour of morphine, 20mg an hour of midazolam and 200mg an hour of propofol.
A 67 year old gentleman with a BMI of 45 was waiting for his respiratory outpatient clinic appointment. While waiting, he fell asleep. A medical emergency was called because he could not be woken up.