News and Articles

Archive for the ‘EMS Pearls / Student Survival’ Category

Treating patients with suspected RVI

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Currently, the REMSA protocol for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) reads: For patients with evidence of an inferior wall MI as indicated on their 12 lead ECG (ST elevations in II, III and AVF), consider risks of NTG-related pre-load reduction and hypotension in patients with right ventricular injury. This statement is designed to allow the clinician […]

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Recognition & Response

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Carbon Monoxide is the most common cause of poisoning in industrial countries including Canada and the United States. In the US, as many as 5,000 to 6,000 people die annually as a result of CO poisoning. Accidental CO deaths tend to peak during winter months due to the increase use of heating systems or portable electric generators combined with closed windows.

How Safe is a Safety Harness?

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

You are dispatched to a priority 2 fall at UNR. Dispatch informs you that there is a building under construction and the patient fell from a third floor and is hanging from a safety harness. You arrive to find a construction worker hanging from a support beam by his safety harness approximately 25 feet above […]

PASTHAM – Assessing Dyspnea Complaints

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Paramedics have long utilized mnemonics to aid in the assessment of common medical complaints. Mnemonics are useful in jogging memories of essential elements of an assessment when dealing with the critically ill patient. Memory aides become very important in the prehospital environment due to the severity of the patient, and the unstable and chaotic atmosphere surrounding an EMS call. However, mnemonics do have major drawbacks and limitations.