Louisville Lectures

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Dr. Hiram Rivas Perez presents Asthma by discussing the definition, prevalence, risk of developing asthma, and diagnosis. He then goes on to discuss the history of asthma as well as diagnostic testing. After, he presents different treatments along with various cases as examples.

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Mechanical Ventilation by Dr. Rodrigo Cavallazzi

Dr. Cavallazi presents mechanical ventilation by first discussing the physiology of respiratory failure.  He then describes how to tailor mechanical ventilation to different forms of respiratory failure. He finishes with a discussion of the latest studies defining how to best use mechanical ventilation. 

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Undone in the ICU: Towards an Understanding of the Long-Term Consequences of Critical Illness by Dr. Brummel

Dr. Brummel begins his presentation by reviewing long-term cognitive impairment and disability associated with survival from critical illness.  He then uses the vulnerability hypothesis to understand risk factors for the development of these poor outcomes after critical illness. After, he describes preliminary trials of rehabilitation for long-term cognitive impairment after critical illness. 

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Mechanical Circulatory Support: IABP, VADs & ECMO with Dr. Brown

In this lecture, Dr. Lorrel Brown takes time to discuss the indications, mechanics, and physiology of mechanical circulatory support. She provides a great introduction for internists to some of the most advanced ICU therapies. Dr. Lorrel Brown covers evidence and indications for various modalities like IABP (intra-aortic balloon pump), ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), and percutaneous VAD (ventricular assist device). 

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Acute Coronary Syndromes 101 with Dr. Brown

In this action-packed lecture, Dr. Lorrel Brown covers ACS basics: coronary perfusion, types of myocardial infarction, and how to diagnose MI using history exam and EKG findings. She reviews ACS risk scores, acute treatment of ACS and some common pitfalls.

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Non-Malignant Pleural Effusions - Part Two with Dr. Gauhar

In this lecture, Dr. Umair Gauhar reviews pleural anatomy, normal characteristics of pleural effusion and epidemiology of pleural effusions. He then delves into a thorough discussion of parapneumonic effusions (including various classification schemas) as well as treatment options both empiric antibiotic regimens and a comprehensive discussion thoracentesis. This is a must watch lecture for pulmonologists, intensivists, and internists! 

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Non-malignant Pleural Effusions - Part One With Dr. Gauhar

Dr. Umair Gauhar discusses pleural fluid pressure, characteristics, epidemiology and pathophysiology of effusion. He spends a great deal of time teaching the approach to pleural effusion anatomy.  This talk is background for Part Two which covers more of the clinical causes of non-malignant pleural effusion. 

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