Archive for April2012

9. Alternative Airways

I can tell you this now, based on the medical literature, and on my experiences with the LMA and Combi-tube, I no longer hesitate to use an alternative airway as my first line airway.

EMS Web Summit

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10. Chemical Restraint

“You’re just one crew?” the cop asks. “You have restraints?”

11. No More Lasix

The first rule of medicine is “Do No Harm.” Lacking chest x-rays and the ability to do BNPs in the field, time and again, EMS (myself included) has done harm to our patients by giving patients we were certain were in CHF, Lasix when in truth they had sepsis or pneumonia.

12. EZ-IO

When I tried to take the old Jamshidi needle out, it wouldn’t budge. I had bent it when I screwed it in. All the short four minutes to the hospital I spend trying to yank the dam thing out while a firefighter did CPR, and my rider squeezed the ambu-bag.

13. Permissive Hypotension

You slammed in two large bore IVs and had the fluid running fast and wide. Two 14’s was an A plus. A 14 and a 16 was good. Two 16’s was border line. Anything less was not worthy of the patch on your shoulder.

14. Expanded Medication Routes, Less IV Emphasis

Things are very different today in 2012. You still need to be good at IVs, but there are more drug delievery options, which is better for the paramedic and, most importantly, better for the patient.

15. Narrower Use of Narcan

When I started we used narcan for opiate overdose and coma of unknown etiology. Today we use narcan for respiratory depression or inadequate ventilation associated with opiate overdose.

Annual Cold Report

By yesterday I could barely rise from bed.