When a patient presents with traumatic anterior cord syndrome, your primary responsibility and focus is supporting vital function and attending to concomitant injuries, stabilization and transport to a trauma facility.
Autonomic dysreflexia proves far more common among patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury than among the general population. We review the signs and symptoms of autonomic dysreflexia, especially among patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury, so you can provide better care in the field.
There are several forms of lightning — some of which are not dangerous — such as cloud-to-cloud flashes that account for 70% to 90% of all lightening strikes. But other types of strikes can cause burns, cardiac arrest and even death. Make sure you're prepared when the call comes in.
Fentanyl induced chest wall rigidity is uncommon, but the syndrome is potentially fatal if not recognized immediately and corrected. All providers should be aware of the syndrome and be adequately prepared to manage it should it occur.
Laryngospasm is defined as an uncontrolled or involuntary muscular contraction of the vocal cords and ligaments. The condition effects the cricoarytenoid, thyroarytenoid and the lateral cricoarytenoid. Learn how to treat the condition.