5 Functions of the Respiratory System
Provides extensive gas exchange surface area between air and circulating blood
Moves air to and from exchange surfaces of lungs
Protects respiratory surfaces from outside environment
Produces sounds
Participates in olfactory sense

Regulation of breathing
Medullary rhythmicity center
  Nerves extend to intercostals and diaphragm
  Signals are sent automatically
  Expiratory center is activated during forced breathing
Pneumotaxic area
  Controls degree of lung inflation; inhibits inspiration
Apneustic area
  Promotes inspiration

Breathing can be controlled voluntarily, up to a point
Too much CO2 and H+ will stimulate inspiratory area, phrenic and intercostal nerves
Central chemoreceptors: medulla oblongata monitors CSF

Peripheral chemoreceptors
Aortic bodies (vagus nerve)
Carotid bodies (glossopharyngeal nerve)
Respond to fluctuations in blood O₂, CO2 and H⁺ levels
Rapid respond
Pulmonary stretch receptors prevent over inflation of lungs (promote expiration

4 Pulmonary Volumes
Resting tidal volume:
 in a normal respiratory cycle
Expiratory reserve volume (ERV):
 after a normal exhalation
Residual volume:
 after maximal exhalation
 minimal volume (in a collapsed lung)
Inspiratory reserve volume (IRV):
 after a normal inspiration..


Posted by e-Medical PPT Wednesday, January 8, 2014 0 comments

Cardiac arrest following major cardiac surgery: 0.7-2.9%
Usually preceded by physiological deterioration,
    although it can occur suddenly in stable patients
Specific causes of cardiac arrest (all potentially reversible):
    tamponade, hypovolemia, myocardial ischaemia, pacing failure,
    or tension pneumothorax

Cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery:

If treated promptly survival rate is relatively high.
Rate of survival to hospital discharge is 54% to 79% in adults and 41% in children.
Key to the successful resuscitation of cardiac arrest in these patients is to perform emergency resternotomy early, especially in the context of tamponade or haemorrhage, where external chest compressions may be ineffective.

Cardiac arrest is defined as the absence of any spontaneous circulation:
    MAP < 30 mmHg
    non-pulsatile waveform

Near cardiac arrest is defined as:
    MAP 30 - 50 mmHg
    pulsatile waveform

Most common causes of cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery:
Ventricular fibrillation
Cardiac tamponade

Initial resuscitation algorithm:

Confirm that hypotension or cardiac arrest is real
Ensure airway / ventilate with manual resuscitator
Avoid prolonged attempts at intubation
Exclude tension pneumothorax
Briefly disconnect pacer to R/O VF
Discontinue hypotensive agents and sedatives
Ensure vasoactive drugs are being delivered
Consider early chest reopening in all patients


Posted by e-Medical PPT Wednesday, January 1, 2014 0 comments

Proarrhythmic factors:
Autonomic nervous system
Myocardial ischemia
Myocardial Infarction
Proarrhythmic drugs

Narrow-complex tachycardias:
Sinus tachycardia
Atrial fibrillation
Atrial flutter
Accelerated junctional rhythm
Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
Ectopic atrial tachycardia

Pain, anxiety
Surgical stress
Low cardiac output
Myocardial ischemia
Catecholamine administration

Treatment directed at the underlying cause
Must be distinguished from other narrow-complex tachycardias
Atrial electrogram (AEG) when diagnosis is uncertain
    Connect the left & right arm ECG cables to the atrial pacing wires
    Alternatively, connect the V lead to one atrial pacing wire

Atrial Electrogram (AEG):
AEG are useful for differentiating supraventricular arrhythmias.
Atrial fibrillation with RVR > 150 bpm, the rhythm may be misdiagnosed as paroxysmal SVT.
Atrial flutter: atrial activity may not be obvious on the surface ECG.
In patients with preexisting bundle-branch block, the development of a postoperative SVT may be difficult to distinguish from VT.
An accurate diagnosis can be readily made if an atrial electrogram (AEG) is recorded.


Posted by e-Medical PPT Tuesday, December 31, 2013 0 comments

The goal of fluid management and inotropic and vasoactive drug therapy in post-operative cardiac surgery patients is to achieve sufficient tissue perfusion and a normalization of oxidative metabolism.

Cardiac output and oxygen supply are dependent on adequate intravascular volume and cardiac function.

The following parameters are recommended as goals for postoperative cardiovascular therapies.

Fluid management:
In cardiac surgery patients it is common to have relative or absolute volume deficiency in the early post operative phase.
First line treatment in cardiac surgery intensive care medicine consists in the use of artificial colloid solutions.
Medium molecular weight HES derivatives (Voluven) are preferred.
Crystalloid solutions are the second choice of volume substitution.
Plasma volume substitution with human albumin is no longer used in 50% of cardiac surgery intensive care units.

High molecular weight HES (Hespan):
High molecular weight HES (>200 kDa) 10% preparations (Hespan) is associated with increased postoperative bleeding.
High molecular weight HES, hyperoncotic colloids and 10% and 20% albumin, are associated with increased risk of hyperoncotic renal failure.
Hespan is contraindicated in patients with severe increases of Na & Cl.

Medium molecular weight HES (Voluven):

Medium molecular weight HES (130 kDa) 6% (Voluven) is not associated with increased postoperative bleeding.
Medium molecular weight HES (130 kDa) 6% (Voluven) is not associated with increased risk of hyperoncotic renal failure.
There is no scientific evidence to support the use of the more expensive albumin over medium molecular weight (130 kDa) 6% HES preparations.

Postoperative hypotension:
Hypovolemia (blood loss anemia, polyuria, 3rd spacing)
Low SVR / vasoplegia
LV systolic dysfunction
LV diastolic dysfunction
RV dysfunction
Pericardial compression
Rhythm disturbance
Withdrawal of vasoactive medications

Stepwise approach to diagnosis:

Confirm the presence of hemodynamic instability
Ensure vasoactive drugs are being delivered
Targeted physical exam
Fluid challenge, inotropic support, cardiac pacing
Obtain ABG, CXR, EKG
TEE if cause of hypotension remains unclear

Risk factors:

Prior treatment with ACE-inhibitors
Prolonged CPBP
Low ejection fraction
Early on-cardiopulmonary bypass hypotension
Septic endocarditis
Transfusion of RBC, FFP, platelets

Indicators of cardiocirculatory failure:
Cardiac index < 2.0 L/min/m2
SvO2 < 60%
Mean arterial pressure < 60 mmHg
Urine output < 0.5 ml/h, existing for longer than an hour
Plasma lactate > 2.0 mmol/L
Peripheral vasoconstriction with delayed capillary refill and cool extremities

When LAP/PAD/CVP decrease :

Evaluate response to an increase in preload.
Autotransfusion by means of passive leg raising.
Administration of colloid or crystalloid solution
    (maximum of 10 ml/kg body weight).

If a preload increase does not lead to hemodynamic
    stabilization, an echocardiogram is indicated.

In unstable patients, a 12-lead ECG to rule out acute
    ischemia, and lactate level should be obtained.

Goal directed therapy:
Increase preload
Optimize heart rate & rhythm (avoid tachycardia & arrhythmias)
Vasodilating agents (NTG, nicardipine, nesiritide)
Inotropic agents (milrinone or dobutamine)
Mixed vasoactive agents (epinephrine, norepinephrine)
Drug combinations (inotropic + vasopressor agents)

Treatment of LV diastolic dysfunction:

Optimize preload (LAP 14-18 mmHg)
Avoid tachycardia
Optimize heart rate (80/min) & increase AV delay (180 ms)
Aggressive treatment of atrial fib & tachyarrhythmias
Milrinone (0.5 mcg/kg/min) ± Vasopressin (0.04 units/min)
    or phenylephrine (1-2 mcg/kg/min)  [avoid tachycardia]
Levosimendan (if MAP > 60 mmHg)

Guidelines for INTENSIVE CARE IN Cardiac Surgery PATIENTS

Posted by e-Medical PPT Wednesday, December 25, 2013 0 comments

Basic principles of the postoperative intensive care of patients after cardiothoracic surgery:
Hemodynamic monitoring
Treatment with inotropic drugs and vasopressors

Goals for cardio-circulatory therapy
The goal of fluid management and inotropic and vasoactive drug therapy in post-operative cardiac surgery patients
is to achieve sufficient tissue perfusion and a normalization of oxidative metabolism.

Cardiac output and oxygen supply are dependent on adequate intravascular volume and cardiac function.

The following parameters are recommended as goals for postoperative cardiovascular therapies.

Blood Pressure targets during the first 48 hours:

Normal (MAP >65 mm Hg)     Default BP goal
High (MAP >75 mm Hg)         Age >75
                Poorly controlled HTN
                Pre- or postop- renal impairment
                Uncorrected carotid artery stenosis
                Pre- or postop- ischemic stroke
Low (MAP 55-60 mm Hg)         Age <50 (with low preop- BP)
                High bleeding risk
                Surgery for chronic valve regurgitation

Cardiovascular system, ECG, arrhythmias
Verify vasoactive & inotropic drugs, pacemaker, IABP
Respiratory system, ventilator settings, ABG, CXR
Chest drains, bleeding, coagulation tests
Renal system, fluid & electrolytes
Pupil size & reactivity, level of sedation
Core temperature, warming device

Pulmonary artery catheter: is justified in high risk patients for complex cardiac surgery interventions,
in low cardiac output syndrome,pulmonary hypertension,and for the differentiation between right or left ventricular dysfunction.

The use of a PAC in cardiac surgery patients with a low perioperative risk is not considered necessary.


Posted by e-Medical PPT Sunday, December 15, 2013 0 comments

Congestive heart failure (CHF) refers to a clinical state of systemic and pulmonary congestion resulting from inability of the heart to pump as much blood as required for the adequate metabolism of the body.

Clinical picture of CHF results from a combination of “relatively low output” and compensatory responses to increase it

  Feeding difficulties
  Rapid respirations
  Cardiac enlargement
  Gallop rhythm (S3)
  Pulmonary rales
  Peripheral edema
  Easy fatigability
  failure to thrive

NYHA Heart Failure Classification is not applicable
Ross Heart Failure  Classification was developed for global assessment of heart failure severity in infants
Modified to apply to all pediatric ages
Modified Ross Classification incorporates
    Feeding difficulties
    Growth problems
    Symptoms of exercise intolerance

Class I
Class II
Mild tachypnea or diaphoresis with feeding in infants
Dyspnea on exertion in older children
Class III
Marked tachypnea or diaphoresis with feeding in infants
Marked dyspnea on exertion
Prolonged feeding times with growth failure
Class IV
 Symptoms such as tachypnea, retractions, grunting, or diaphoresis at rest

Tetralogy of fallot

Posted by e-Medical PPT Saturday, December 14, 2013 0 comments

Tetralogy of fallot
First anatomic description…Danish anatomist Niels Stensen, in 1672...
Described in detail by fallot in 1888…’la maladie bleue’

Tetralogy of fallot with pulmonary atresia…10%
Rarer variants include tetralogy of fallot with absent (or dysplastic) pulmonary valve and tetralogy of fallot with common atrioventricular canal[<5%]
Prevalence … 0.26 to 0.48 per 1,000 live births

In about 70% of tetralogy of Fallot patients, a putative genetic etiology remains to be determined.

Genes identified : NKX2.5, [4%];  JAG1 in Alagille syndrome.; TBX5 in Holt-Oram syndrome.

Sibling recurrence rate …2.5% to 3% if only one sibling is affected…likely to increase substantially if more than one sibling is affected.
Environmental factors
maternal diabetes [threefold increased risk], retinoic acids, maternal phenylketonuria (PKU), and trimethadione

Genetic cause : heterogeneous
Syndromes and associations…..
DiGeorge/Velocardiofacial syndrome, Down syndrome, Alagille syndrome, cat's-eye syndrome, recombinant chromosome (or San Luis Valley) and Kabuki syndromes, and CHARGE and VATER/VACTERL associations

Pathophysiology and Hemodynamics
Severe cyanosis in profound RL shunting,
Some pts have a net LRshunt.

Hemodynamic features…RV hypertension because of the large VSD, with normal or low PAP.The low distal PAP is maintained as a result of the various levels of pulmonic obstruction. The PVR in the distal pulmonary arterial bed is usually normal.

The extent and direction of shunting ….determined by the cumulative amount of obstruction to PBF(Subpulmonic obstruction in all; obstruction @ valvular, supravalvular, and branch arteries are also common).

best described in TOF;can occur with other forms of structural heart disease…. mediated, in part, by dynamic changes (acute increase)in subpulmonic obstruction….. changes in contractility  due to ‘endogenous catecholamines or exacerbated by hypovolemia’
other mechanisms[pulmonary atresia and VSD] …. decrease in systemic vascular resistance.
Child may assume squatting posture (instinctive) during spells …
Pathogenetic mechanisms : Vulnerable respiratory control centres ;Increase in HR ; Increase in CO & VR ;Increase in R L shunt; Infundibular contraction may reinforce,but does not initiate

Systolic Murmurs

Posted by e-Medical PPT Thursday, December 12, 2013 0 comments

Systolic Murmurs

Definition of murmur
Relatively prolonged series of audible vibrations , Characterized by the timing in  cardiac cycle, intensity (loudness), frequency (pitch), quality, configuration, duration and direction of radiation
Due to disturbance in blood flow which manifest as turbulence

GRADE 1-faintest murmur which can be heard only with special effort.
GRADE 2-soft but readily audible
GRADE 3-loud without thrill
GRADE 4-loud with thrill
GRADE 5-heard with steth partially off the chest
GRADE 6-heard with steth held off the chest wall.

Ejection systolic murmur
Most common murmur heard in everyday practice.
“Murmur starting after some time interval from first heart sound and reaching peak by mid-systole or later and ending before the second heart sound of its origin”.
    Ventricular outflow obstruction
    Dilation of aorta and pulmonary trunk
    Accelerated systolic flow into aorta or pulmonary trunk
    Innocent midsystolic murmur( including those due to morphological changes of valve with no obstruction)

Diastolic Murmurs

Posted by e-Medical PPT Wednesday, December 11, 2013 0 comments

Diastolic Murmurs
Always signify an abnormal cvs - structurally or functionally
Not graded by intensity but by their length
Thrill additionally mentioned

A) Those arising at the AV valves
1.Mid diastolic
B) Those arising at semilunar valves
1.Early diastolic
2.Mid diastolic sounding early diastolic

Diastolic murmurs at AV valves
Mechanism and Causes of Diastolic Murmurs at Apex
A- Narrowing of mitral valve or left ventricular inflow
1.Mitral stenosis
2.Left atrial myxoma
4.Constriction of AV groove as in constrictive pericarditis
5.Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (narrow inflow cavity

B.Increased flow across AV valve
1.Left to right shunts (post tricuspid shunts) (VSD,Ductus,systemic artero venous fistula,RSOV in to right ventricle,aotopulmonary window/fistula, Truncus Arteriosus)
2.Mitral Regurgitation (severe)
3.Hyperkinetics circulatory states(anemia,thyrotoxicosis,pregnancy)
4.Chronic complete heart block

C. Mechanisms that interfere with mitral valve opening
Austin flint murmur with severe aortic regurgitation

D.Ventricular aneurysm with a narrow neck

E.Murmurs arising some where else but heard at apex
1.Aortic regurgitation
2.Tricuspid stenosis
3.Tricuspid flow murmur of ASD
4.Ebstien’s anomaly

Weighing In On The Right Weight Loss Surgery

Posted by e-Medical PPT Thursday, October 31, 2013 0 comments

Bariatric surgery, or more commonly know as weight loss surgery, can be an elected alternative for a morbidly obese person to lose weight after other more traditional means (caloric restriction and increased exercise) have proven to be unsuccessful.

By definition, a person who is morbidly obese has a body mass index (BMI) level that is 40 or above, or a BMI higher than 35 or above accompanied by a serious medical condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. Even with these conditions, a person needs to seriously educate themselves on the severity of having weight loss surgery and the changes that will be associated with the surgery, both before and after the procedure.

A qualifying patient has to have already undergone a dramatic change in their caloric intake, as well as an increase in their physical activity, and perhaps even tried certain medications, with no effective results in weight loss. A surgeon will also communicate that weight loss surgery needs to be for the better good of the health of the patient and not for cosmetic reasons.

Advantages for choosing weight loss surgery include a decrease in body weight resulting in a healthier and more active lifestyle, thus improving the quality of a person's life. The possibility of reversing some weight related health conditions like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

The disadvantages to having weight loss surgery can vary depending on the type of weight loss surgery that is chosen by the patient. In general, the surgery results in a lifestyle change that has to be strictly followed by the patient after the surgery to have the expected success rate. This radical change in lifestyle is permanent in order for the weight to come off and stay off. Both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are also irreversible procedures. The side-effects of the surgeries can also be serious including: fluid leakage, pain and swelling, blood clots, weight gain due to stomach stretch, and infection.

Gastric band weight loss surgery is a procedure where a band is placed around the top of the stomach, which creates a small pouch for food to enter. Since this small pouch fills up much more quickly than the normal size stomach, the patient feels fuller faster, and eats less. The food in the small pouch then passes into the remainder of the stomach and travels as usual through the digestive system. The surgeon is able to control the size of the band using a pump under the skin. This typically is a few times after the surgery, so regular follow-ups are important. Most recipients of the gastric band surgery generally show a reduction in their weight between half and two-thirds.

Another variation of weight loss surgery is gastric bypass surgery. This procedure actually removes part of the stomach and the small intestine. The surgeon creates a smaller stomach at the top of the original stomach and then builds a bypass to a section of the small intestine, which results in the food consumed bypassing the old stomach and top of the small intestine. The length of small intestine bypassed can be adjusted to ensure that the patient is eating enough to maintain their weight at their particular height. Patients can expect to see weight loss results between two-thirds and three-quarters of their excess weight.

A third variation of weight loss surgery is called sleeve gastrectomy. The procedure removes about 25% of the stomach creating what resembles a sleeve or tube. The surgeon performs this surgery laparoscopically using a small flexible fiberoptic instrument. The lower part of the stomach is removed and then medical titanium staples are used to close up the remaining stomach. The laparoscopic technique is less invasive to the patient, which results in a faster post-op recovery time. Most patients see a decrease of half to two-thirds of their initial body weight with this procedure.

Weight loss surgery does offer some options for morbidly obese people who are still struggling to lose excess body weight, and who may also suffer from other weight related medical conditions. However, as with any surgery, each of these procedures comes with there own risks and side-effects and the patient needs to understand all of the information prior to having any operation. They also need to be well versed on the dramatic effects and responsibility it will require to maintain the results of the surgery.

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