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When the Primary Assessment Requires Priority Care

Posted on 18 January 2012

The job of EMS is threefold: 1) get to the patient quickly, 2) fix what we can fix and 3) quickly get the patient to the right hospital. Anything we can do to compress each of these time periods is good for the patient.

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Trauma Airway Intubation Is a Team Effort

Posted on 05 January 2012

In this second part of a three-part series, paramedic-turned-anesthesiologist Christopher T. Stephens, MD, NREMT-P, continues teaching EMS providers trauma airway management.

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Test Your Know-how for Asthma Patients

Posted on 01 January 2012

Can you recognize the signs and symptoms of a severe asthma attack? Do you know how to treat a patient with status asthmaticus? Brush up on how to treat these patients.

Intubation Up in the Air

Posted on 23 December 2011

The standard advanced prehospital method in trauma patients has been rapid sequence induction (RSI) oral intubation with direct laryngoscopy, which has been shown to be a safe air medical practice.

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Managing the Traumatic Airway

Posted on 01 December 2011

Paramedic-turned-anesthesiologist Christopher T. Stephens, MD, NREMT-P, explores the concept of managing the traumatic airway and his idea that EMS should arm field providers with the best that airway tools, including intubation.

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A Tight Squeeze

Posted on 22 November 2011

Brush up on your skills for assessing the difficult airway and learn how to intubate the limited-access patient.

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Video Laryngoscopy’s Place in an Ambulance

Posted on 10 November 2011

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, recalls the exclusionary criteria set forth during his OR intubation training, and how most of his field intubations met one or more of those criteria.

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Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies

Posted on 25 October 2011

You’re called to the house of a 20-month-old baby who is not interacting with his environment and is slightly pale. He has a weak cry and flaring nostrils. What do you remember about the respiratory system of pediatric patients? How should you approach this patient?

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The Young Airway

Posted on 19 October 2011

You’re called to the rural scene of an accidental shooting. Your patient is a 12-year-old male. His airway is likely obstructed. How would you manage it?

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The Effect of Intubation on CPR

Posted on 30 September 2011

Emergency guidelines have started emphasizing continuous uninterrupted chest compressions for the treatment of cardiac arrests.

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