First10EM Journal Club: June 2024

Welcome to the June edition of the Journal Club for 2024. Justin and I discuss 7 papers covering a range of topics from securing IVCs in kids to intubating in space and the use of religious sham artifacts in middle-age, French “psychiatry”. Yep, it was a strange month on the pod! Enjoy. Articles linked below and podcast available on your favourite player or YouTube over at the First10EM channel.

Do we need to intubate French drunkards in ED?

Freund Y, Viglino D, Cachanado M, Cassard C, Montassier E, Douay B, Guenezan J, Le Borgne P, Yordanov Y, Severin A, Roussel M, Daniel M, Marteau A, Peschanski N, Teissandier D, Macrez R, Morere J, Chouihed T, Roux D, Adnet F, Bloom B, Chauvin A, Simon T. Effect of Noninvasive Airway Management of Comatose Patients With Acute Poisoning: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2023 Dec 19;330(23):2267-2274. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.24391. PMID: 38019968write something here

Justin’s longer / Full write up here.

Marking the midline… is it a thing?

Issa EC, Ware PJ, Bitange P, Cooper GJ, Galea T, Bengiamin DI, Young TP. The “Syringe Hickey”: An Alternative Skin Marking Method for Lumbar Puncture. J Emerg Med. 2023 Mar;64(3):400-404. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2023.01.013. PMID: 37019501

Pulmonary primatology is harder than you may think

Drew T, Võ ML, Wolfe JM. The invisible gorilla strikes again: sustained inattentional blindness in expert observers. Psychol Sci. 2013 Sep;24(9):1848-53. doi: 10.1177/0956797613479386. Epub 2013 Jul 17. PMID: 23863753

Don’t believe anything you read, even in NEJM!

Kotani Y, Turi S, Ortalda A, Baiardo Redaelli M, Marchetti C, Landoni G, Bellomo R. Positive single-center randomized trials and subsequent multicenter randomized trials in critically ill patients: a systematic review. Crit Care. 2023 Nov 28;27(1):465. doi: 10.1186/s13054-023-04755-5. PMID: 38017475

A better way to stick your IVs in little veins.

Charters B, Foster K, Lawton B, Lee L, Byrnes J, Mihala G, Cassidy C, Schults J, Kleidon TM, McCaffery R, Van K, Funk V, Ullman A. Novel Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Securement for Children and Catheter Failure Reduction: A Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA Pediatr. 2024 Apr 1:e240167. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2024.0167. PMID: 38558161 

Watch out for the space carrots!

Thierry S, Jaulin F, Starck C, Ariès P, Schmitz J, Kerkhoff S, Bernard CI, Komorowski M, Warnecke T, Hinkelbein J. Evaluation of free-floating tracheal intubation in weightlessness via ice-pick position with a direct laryngoscopy and classic approach with indirect videolaryngoscopy. NPJ Microgravity. 2023 Sep 8;9(1):73. doi: 10.1038/s41526-023-00314-y. PMID: 37684267

On Witches, Placebos and the evolution of rationalism in science

Heresy, witchcraft, Jean Gerson, scepticism and the use of placebo controls
R Kirakosian, LMollenbrink, G Zamore, TJ Kaptchuk and K Jensen Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine; 2024, Vol. 117(1) 36–41 DOI: 10.1177/01410768231207260

This is a fascinating read about the history of the humble placebo in science. The origins of rational scientific enquiry at the height of the Middle Ages when witchcraft, demonic possession and religious conflicts made life somewhat irrational.

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