Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
The Crashing Obese Patient
- Author(s): Parker, Brian K.
- Manning, Sara
- Winters, Michael E
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2018.12.41085
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.