Rescuing the right ventricle | Sara Crager

A talk by Sara Crager from TBS23


A talk by Sara Crager at The Big Sick 2023 conference. Kindly shared with permission.
See the TBS23 landing page for the programme and full set of talks.


Right ventricular failure is more common than you think. Understanding the pathophysiology of the right ventricle can mean the difference between your patient coding in the emergency department, and your patient walking out of the hospital. This talk will deep dive into the approach to patients with acute decompensated right ventricular failure


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Assistant Professor, Division of Critical Care, Department of Emergency Medicine & Department of Anesthesia, University of California Los Angeles


Dr. Sara Crager received her undergraduate degree from McGill University and her medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine. She did her Emergency Medicine residency training at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and went on to complete a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the UCLA-David Geffen School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Anesthesia. She works clinically in the Cardiothoracic and Surgical ICUs at UCLA, and in the Medical ICU at Antelope Valley Medical Center. Dr. Crager co-founded the Stanford Medical Center ED-ICU, and was previously the Medical Director of Early Recognition and Emergency Response for the UCLA-Ronald Regan Medical Center. She spent 10-years working with the NGO Universities Allied for Essential Medicines on improving access to medicines and vaccines, and is currently the Associate Director of the EM:RAP Global Outreach Access+Innovation in Medical Education program that works on improving access to medical education. Dr. Crager is the creator of the EM:RAP ICU Fundamentals series, lectures nationally and internationally, and has won multiple teaching awards.


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References / Further reading

Humphreys C and Crager SE. Right Ventricular Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2022 Aug;40(3):519-537.

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