Archive for October2019

Cardiac Arrest – Pearls

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Paramedics all take ACLS every two years, and we all have roughly similar protocols. We all know that the key to resuscitation is high quality CPR and early defibrillation. I love this graph I found on Rogue Medic‘s blog a number of years ago. This graph is the answer to the test. We read about the […]

Two Man Dead Lift

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This was sent to me by an old medic.  This is how stretchers were when I started in 1989.  In the days of the dead lift, careers in EMS were much shorter than they are now.  I remember each new stretcher innovation as they arrived, and fought against them all, but within days was sold […]

Fentanyl Test Strips

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Mark Jenkins of the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition passes out fentanyl test strips as part of his mobile needle exchange. He has set up on a Sunday in the parking lot of 1200 Park, a shopping plaza/strip mall across from Pope Park where users often congregate. Once the users see him out there, word […]

Sunrise on Albany Avenue

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Judge Rules for Safe Injection Site

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A federal judge ruled yesterday that a nonprofit group in Philadelphia’s effort to open a safe injection site where people can use drugs under medical supervision does not violate the federal crackhouse statutes prohibiting the operation of a space “for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing or using controlled substances.”  U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh wrote: “The ultimate […]

Back on the Rise

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After a slight decline in 2018, overdose deaths are projected to hit an all-time high in Connecticut in 2019.   94% of the deaths were caused by opioids with fentanyl being the biggest culprit. For full breakdown, click here: Connecticut Accidental Drug Intoxication Deaths Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

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