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Slack- Refractory Status Asthmaticus: Drips & Gases & ECMO, Oh My!

Today we are happy to welcome Dr. Donald Slack, A second year Pulmonary-Critical Care fellow here at the University of Maryland. He hails to us most recently from Christiana Health Care System where he completed his internal medicine residency before returning home to UMMC, where he spent his medical school training. Today he shares some information extracted from a VERY difficult asthma case that presented to his service several months ago. This is a fantastic review of the random things we attempt to keep asthmatic airways open. So before you reach for that EpiPen or start the ketamine drip, you should take 45 minutes and learn about why those ideas may not be as helpful as you think.

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Hu: Bronchopleural Fistula- Summary and Recommendations

Bronchopleural fistulae (BPF) are more than simply air leaks to be fixed with a chest tube. Albeit relatively rare, they carry a high morbidity and mortality, and knowledge regarding their management is important to facilitate healing and limit negative outcomes.