Archive for April2016

Narcan Dosing and Delivery

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The heroin epidemic continues to rage in Hartford and across our state and nation.  While nearly every other day there seems to be an article in the paper about fatal overdoses in various towns, most of the overdoses we see on the EMS streets, even the fatal ones do not make the news, though they […]

Bad Behavior

Years ago I worked for a United States Senator.  One of my early jobs for him was driving him around the state to campaign functions and speeches.  Every now and then someone would give him a hard time about all the rotten people in Washington.  He had a great answer.  He said we were a […]

The End of Pain Scales?

A bill has been introduced in Congress that will eliminate the financial penalty (in the form of reduced Medicare reimbursements) hospitals pay for failure to keep patients pain-free. Currently the amount of money Medicare pays a hospital is affected by the results of a patient satisfaction survey known as the “Hospital Consumer Survey of Healthcare Providers and […]

Amiodarone vs. Lidocaine vs. Placebo

The results are in.  In an article, Amiodarone, Lidocaine, or Placebo in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest, published in yesterday’s New England Journal of Medicine by Peter J. Kudenchuk, M.D., Siobhan P. Brown, Ph.D, and others, the results of a major randomized double blinded study involving paramedics from ten major cities in North America (The Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium […]