The crashing obese patient

Brian K. Parker, Sara Manning, Michael E. Winters

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Emergency physicians (EP) frequently resuscitate and manage critically ill patients. Resuscitation of the crashing obese patient presents a unique challenge for even the most skilled physician. Changes in anatomy, metabolic demand, cardiopulmonary reserve, ventilation, circulation, and pharmacokinetics require special consideration. This article focuses on critical components in the resuscitation of the crashing obese patient in the emergency department, namely intubation, mechanical ventilation, circulatory resuscitation, and pharmacotherapy. To minimize morbidity and mortality, it is imperative that the EP be familiar with the pearls and pitfalls discussed within this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-330
Number of pages8
JournalWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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