Tag Archives: Cath Lab

Routine

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Once again routine earns its pay.

STEMI Redux

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When we arrive at the cardiologist’s office, we are led down the hall to our patient’s room where a 12-lead machine is spitting out an ECG. I can see the ST elevation from the doorway.

STEMI Alert

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He is ghostly pale. There is vomit in the waste basket. I touch his forehead and it is as soggy as a sponge.

Cath Lab

A lot of EMS is bullshit. People using 911 for runny noses, sprained wrists, and stomach aches from eating too much greasy chicken. Then there are the legitimate calls like strokes and traumas, but too often in those calls there is really not much we can do to fix them. They are dead from getting […]