When faced with responding to a pediatric trauma call, it is important for you to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of impending shock and intervene rapidly.
There is yet to be a known case of popcorn lung as a result of e-cigarette smoking because vaping is so new. However, there is strong indication that vaping e-juice with diacetyl, pentanedone and acetoin could lead to the condition over time.
While the topic remains up for debate as to exactly how much fluid these patients should have, there is supportive evidence to allow for a moderate intake for chronic heart failure patients, since the fluid overload is not within the systemic circulation.
We are likely going to be on high alert for carbon monoxide poisoning during times of power outages, but there are some things we can keep in mind as we assess the situation for safety.
Despite the increase in sound healthcare practices, there is still a high number of injuries to patients. If we approach every single patient with safety in mind, we will be less likely to skip important steps.
Suicides are on the rise overall. In fact, I'd say we have a suicide epidemic. Statistics in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown a 30% increase in suicides since 1999, Additionally, it is now one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. — surpassing homicide.
The role of paramedicine is changing. While traditional EMS and paramedic roles still abound, more professionals are becoming community paramedics. Community paramedicine appeals to many paramedics because it allows them to provide more personalized care, often in underserved areas.
Studies have shown that even one incidence of a systolic pressure less than 90 can double the mortality rate in a head injured patient with increasing intra-cranial pressure. While watching the systolic pressure is acceptable, MAP is a more informed way to maintain adequate Cerebral Perfusion Pressure (CPP).
Most of us are guilty of poor EMS hygiene. This could be as simple as not gloving up to perform a patient assessment on a little old grandmother. But, when we think we could be exposing ourselves to anything yucky, we glove up… even double glove. Remember, gloves protect patients too!