On behalf of my colleagues (Dr. Shenoi and Dr. Filip), I offer our letter to the editor responding to misconception in Dr. Hack’s recent case report of ethylene glycol poisoning. In his case report, Dr. Hack strongly recommended using UV light from Wood’s lamp to examine the urine for fluorescence. Dr. Hack included the published evidence against this approach and then again recommended this. We believe that this “test” is useless and misleading. We disagree with his endorsement of this approach. We also take the opportunity to point out one of the indirect clues (apparent lactate elevation), which we assert is more useful. We hope for your favorable consideration to publish our comments on Dr. Hack’s case report. We welcome his reply, if he so chooses.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 43 – No 01 – January 2024
—Michael Mullins, MD, FACEP, FAACT
I enjoyed the article by Dr. Helman on Massive Hemoptysis and would like to add some suggestions. If a focal source of bleeding can be determined (by CXR or bronchoscopy) then specific interventions can be done to isolate the bleeding segment/lobe/lung while still safely ventilating the uninvolved lung. A left mainstem intubation with a standard ETT (but possibly requiring broncoscopic guidance for correct placement) isolates a right-lung source of bleeding but while a right mainstem intubation is easy to achieve blindly and isolates a left-lung bleed, it unfortunately is difficult to position the ETT without also blocking the right upper-lobe bronchus. A better strategy for left-lung bleeding is to position a balloon-tipped catheter, such as a Fogarty, into the left mainstem bronchus (or further into either LUL or LLL bronchi if the specific source of bleeding is confined to one lobe) and keep the ETT in the standard tracheal position. Double-lumen ETT are not recommended for lung isolation during pulmonary hemorrhage as they can be challenging to position optimally (and keep in place) and do not offer lumens large enough for bronchosopy or even appropriate sectioning.
—Joseph Shiber, MD, FACEP, FACP, FCCM
Until we solve the post-acute care shortage, we’re doomed.
—Chuck Pilcher, MD
Great article that showcases the vigilance and tenacity needed to protect patient access and to ensure reimbursement for PLP services. A victory of patients, families, hospitals and ED physicians.