This talk provides an approach to life-threatening upper GI bleeding, including management of the grossly contaminated airway, the impact of hypothermia on bleeding, and balloon tamponade insertion. Knowing which balloon tamponade device you stock (is it a Minnesota or a Blakemore?), and where to find it, are just as important as knowing how to insert it. Refining your approach to variceal bleeding can help you optimize your resuscitation of these challenging cases.
Dr. Sara Gray is cross-trained in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She works in both areas at St. Michael’s Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. She is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at St Mike’s. Her academic interests include patient safety and knowledge translation; specifically how to optimize the care of critically ill patients in the ED. Her most important achievements are her kids, who don’t care what she does at work all day, but who enjoy confounding her with obscure trivia questions and beating her at soccer.