charlesbruen

About Charles Bruen

Cardiac Intensivist, Resuscitationist, Emergentologist. Educator. Doodler. Friend. Most importantly, husband to my wife & superhero to my son.

Paravalvular Regurgitation after TAVI

2016-10-13T18:16:14-05:00October 28th, 2015|Cardiology|

Paravalvular regurgitation after transcatheter aortic valve implantation occurs in in over 50% of patients, and correlates with 1-year mortality. The regurgitant jets are best characterized with transesophageal echocardiography to define the circumferential extent and cross-sectional area. Overtime, most the regurgitation decreases, and occasionally disappears completely.

Transcatheter Cardiac Therapeutics

2016-10-13T18:16:14-05:00October 9th, 2015|Cardiology|

Transcatheter cardiac interventions are a fast evolving field. The past decade has seen the development of transcatheter aortic valve replacement, transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement, septal defect closure devices and left atrial appendage closure devices for thromboprophylaxis.

Treatment of Left Main Disease

2016-10-13T18:16:14-05:00October 9th, 2015|Cardiology|

Left main stem disease is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Coronary artery bypass surgery has been the definitive treatment choice. However, advancements in percutaneous coronary intervention (such as drug-eluting stents and techniques, risk stratification, and intravascular ultrasound) have increased the viability of this treatment option.

Coronary Artery Diagramming

2016-10-13T18:16:14-05:00October 8th, 2015|Cardiology|

Coronary arteries can be difficult to visualize, especially when there are multiple lesions, interventions, and grafting. Diagramming the anatomy allows you to track lesions, stenting, grafts, size size/variation of native arteries. It is a useful technique for your own understanding and facilitating communication.

Pertrach Emergency Cricothyrotomy Kit

2016-10-13T18:16:14-05:00September 29th, 2015|Airway|

Pertrach Emergency Cricothyrotomy Kit uses an innovative finding splitting needle to enter the cricothyroid membrane, and allows the dilator to be inserted without requiring a Seldinger wire.

Control-Cric System

2016-10-13T18:16:15-05:00September 29th, 2015|Airway|

The Control-Cric System has been developed by Dr Richard Levitan to allow for increased success and speed of performing an emergent cricothyrotomy. It includes a specially designed scalpel (Control-Knife) and custom tracheostomy tube (Control-Key).

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

2016-10-13T18:16:17-05:00September 12th, 2015|Cardiology|

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a non-traumatic and non-iatrogenic separation of the coronary artery wall that is now recognised as an important cause of myocardial infarction, especially in younger women or those without traditional cardiovascular risk factors.

Learning and Mastering Nasotracheal Intubations

2016-10-13T18:16:17-05:00September 9th, 2015|Airway|

Nasotracheal intubations are useful technique in a number of situations including distorted airway anatomy and awake intubations. Patient preparation and anesthesia are key. Understand how to use the endoscopes and the procedural steps for a successful and safe nasotracheal intubation.

Chest Pressure POD#8 s/p AVR

2016-10-13T18:16:17-05:00August 27th, 2015|ECG|

Symptomatic bradycardia and high degree AV block puts patients at high-risk for decompensation. While ischemia is a concern with all new conduction abnormalities. However it is a common development in patients with recent aortic valve replacement and often requires permanent pacemaker.

ECMO Safety Checklist

2016-10-13T18:16:18-05:00May 6th, 2015|ECMO, Safety|

Detailed ECMO safety checklist to be performed at every shift change for nurses, perfusionists, and physicians. Includes data review and bedside equipment inspection.

Pediatric Supraglottic Airways

2016-10-13T18:16:21-05:00April 23rd, 2015|Airway, Pediatrics|

Intubating and non-intubating supraglottic airways (LMA) for neonates and children are an important tool for managing the emergency pediatric airway. Depending on the product, they have unique features that can help facilitate BVM ventilation, provide gastric suctioning, or allow for intubation directly or over a bronchoscope. Learn how to use the air-Q LMA, LMA Supreme, LMA Fastrach and how they can be incorporated as a critical part of your pediatric airway algorithm.