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#1 Recognizing Cardiac Arrest

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  Cardiac Arrest.  Pearl #1  Recognize cardiac arrest. This sounds obvious, but it is not always so.  Early cardiac arrest can present like a seizure or syncope.  The patient’s eyes may be open and they may have agonal breathing.  Get the pads on!  Too many times I have shown up on scene to see first […]

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

Two Boys

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We are called for an unconscious and find the man out cold on his feet near Pope Park.  He is a tall man in his early thirties with a ghost white complexion, standing there on the side of the road, his head nodded forward, arms hanging down swaying.  Another drug user on the nod in […]

Austin Eubanks

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I attend the Department of Public Health’s 2019 Connecticut Opioid & Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Conference on May 2.  The featured speaker is Austin Eubanks, a survivor of the Columbine shooting. He and his best friend were golfing and fishing buddies. He shows us pictures of the two of them smiling, no idea what fates […]

Connecticut SWORD

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In Hartford, EMS personnel call the Connecticut Poison Control Center (CPCC) after each opioid overdose they encounter, and answer a series of questions. The specialists (CPCC) log the data and also input in into federal OD map software which produces a near real time map reporting overdose locations and types, and can automatically send spike […]

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