Life-Threatening Conditions in the Emergency Department

Session Organizer: Mithun Suresh, University of Minnesota, CentraCare, and M Health Fairview

In the emergency department (ED), seconds can be the difference between life and death. To help diagnose and treat time-sensitive conditions, ED physicians depend on several devices and tools to maximize their chances of saving lives. Accordingly, this session will review three emergent conditions that ED physicians encounter numerous times each day where morbidity and mortality can be extremely high: sepsis, airway emergencies, and cardiac arrest. A common feature of these conditions is that response time is critical and the margin for error may be low, so the focus of this session will be on the role of medical devices and technology to help rapidly diagnose or manage these life-threatening conditions. Moreover, given how frequently these conditions are encountered, combined with the high probability of death if not diagnosed or treated rapidly, there continues to be several technology needs and medical device gaps that need to be addressed, and this session will review some of those areas where ongoing innovation and medical device development is needed.

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Common and Cutting-Edge Devices used in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

This presentation will discuss resuscitation devices used clinically and also in cardiac arrest studies, including active compression-decompression CPR, the impedance threshold device, automated head and elevation during CPR, and the use of resuscitation balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA).

Johanna Moore - DMD 2024 Speaker

Johanna Moore
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare and University of Minnesota

Dr. Johanna Moore, MD, MSc, is an emergency physician and cardiac arrest researcher at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the Director of Laboratory Research at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Next Generation Sepsis Diagnostics

Sepsis is the leading cause of in-hospital death and the most expensive inpatient condition in the United States, making it a high priority for government agencies. While early recognition improves outcomes, decades of research have failed to further advance targeted pharmacotherapeutics due to heterogeneity of the condition. To make a substantive impact on this public health crisis, the next generation of medical devices for sepsis must aid clinicians in the early recognition of the disease while simultaneously providing insights into the underlying pathophysiology in order to allow for the development of targeted, precision treatments.    

Michael Puskarich  - DMD Conference Speaker

Michael Puskarich
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare and University of Minnesota

Dr. Mike Puskarich is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and practicing emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is an acute care clinical trialist and translational researcher, with over 15 years of experience conducting research in sepsis. He has published extensively on the topic of sepsis heterogeneity and diagnosis, has been funded by NIH, CDC, AHA, the Gates Foundation, and EMF for his work in the area, and has partnered with or consulted for numerous industry partners in the field.

Medical Devices And Emergency Airway Management

The process of placing a breathing tube into the trachea of a patient is often straightforward but occasionally difficult. Medical devices are essential before, during, and after placement of the breathing tube. Recent advances in our understanding of the optimal intubation devices have improved intubation success but further advances are needed.

Brian Driver - DMD Conference Speaker

Brian Driver
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare and University of Minnesota

Emergency physician and Director of Clinical Research at Hennepin County Medical Center. Lead or co-author on multiple JAMA and NEJM publications examining aspects of emergency airway management.

Session Organizer Bio

Mithun Suresh - 2023 Session Organizer Combat Medicine

Mithun Suresh
University of Minnesota, Physician, CentraCare and M Health Fairview

Dr. Mithun Suresh is a hospital medicine physician with CentraCare, medical interests include critical care and resuscitation. He has worked on projects and published manuscripts on burn care, hemorrhagic shock, and other topics related to critical illness and injury.