Do Colloids Improve Mortality Compared With Crystalloids for Resuscitation of Critical Patients?
Dhimitri A. Nikolla, DO (EBEM Commentator), Matthew T. McCarthy, DO (EBEM Commentator), Jestin N. Carlson, MD, MS (EBEM Commentator)
Department of Emergency Medicine, Allegheny Health Network–Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, PA
When used as an intravenous resuscitation fluid in critically ill adult and pediatric patients, colloids, including starches, dextrans, albumin, fresh frozen plasma, and gelatins, do not improve mortality compared with crystalloids.
Do Mechanical Chest Compression Devices Compared With High-Quality Manual Chest Compressions Improve Neurologically Intact Survival of Patients Who Experience Cardiac Arrest?
Brit Long, MD (EBEM Commentator), Michael D. April, MD, DPhil (EBEM Commentator)
Department of Emergency Medicine, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Fort Sam Houston, TX
Mechanical chest compression devices are not superior to conventional, high-quality manual chest compressions in improving survival to hospital discharge with good neurologic function.