When you attach the electrodes, nothing reads on the monitor screen. You recheck the leads and connection to the monitor, which you unplug and then replug several times, all with no change. Still nothing. What do you do now?
I spent a fascinating hour and a half with two members of Physio-Control’s technical team going over the 12-Leads I discussed in a recent post. I was extremely impressed with both their knowledge and their desire to improve the computer’s algorithms.
We again debated an implementation time ranging from waiting for the textbooks to be rewritten to opening up the window of the committee room and shouting. “Free at Last! Free at Last! Unboard My People Now!”
Automatically giving a narcotic analgesic to any patient who says his pain is a 10 is no more right than automatically refusing to give narcotic analgesics because a patient doesn’t look like he is in pain.
One of the best things about EMS I have seen over the years is the influx of motivated young EMS doctors who came from the streets themselves, who respect the work we do and are actively working to improve our systems and the care we provide. Brooks Walsh is one of these docs.