Four Common Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies (And How to Avoid Them) 

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 31, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Pediatric emergencies are always a bit unsettling. Fortunately, children make up a minority of our patients, but when these emergencies occur, it can be stressful—for the patient, for the patient’s family, and for you, the responder.

And when children’s emergencies involve the respiratory system, they can be even more harrowing. Few things are scarier than a child who can't breathe. So, in an effort to calm our nerves, let's discuss four common pediatric respiratory emergencies and how to avoid them.

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Topics: Airway management

Three Tips for Mastering Paramedic Airway Management and Ventilation

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 3, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As a paramedic, you know the most critical task you are called on to perform is managing the airway. Whether your patient is an asthmatic, struggling for breath; a pediatric suffering a partial blockage due to an inhaled object; or an unconscious trauma victim with a blood-clogged airway, the decisions you make and the actions you take will determine whether your patient lives or dies.

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Topics: Airway management

Critical Paramedic Airway  Management Steps You Can't Miss

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 13, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As a paramedic, the most critical treatment you provide is airway management. Whether intubating the patient in cardiac arrest, dislodging an obstruction, or simply assisting respirations, the speed and effectiveness of your treatment can mean the difference between life and death for your patients. So, let’s review three critical airway management steps you can’t afford to miss: assessment, equipment, and intervention.

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Topics: Airway management

The Pocketbook Guide to Airway Physiology

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 9, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Take a deep breath. Now let it out slowly. Do you ever stop to think about the amazing physiological processes that take place within our bodies, each time we take a breath? Breathing is one of many bodily functions we take for granted—that is, until we are unable to breath. Something to think about the next time you treat an asthmatic or choking victim.

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Topics: Airway management

Three Critical Components of a Respiratory Assessment Checklist

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 10, 2017 4:30:00 AM

We all know the key to a thorough patient assessment is to approach it systematically so that we don’t become distracted (by that bleeding scalp wound) or skip steps that may yield valuable information (like listening to breath sounds). There’s a reason we are all taught “head-to-toe” surveys: so that we work our way through essential assessment points, avoiding a haphazard exam where key signs are missed.

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Topics: Airway management

Clear the Airway with SALAD

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 9, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

There is a growing group of people who are passionate about airway management and minimizing the risks of aspiration and its subsequent effects.  An improved technique called Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy and Airway Decontamination (SALAD) has been identified by Dr. James DuCanto.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Airway management

Airway Physiology: A Brief Review

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 9, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Geriatric Trauma and Airway Management: A Few Tips for EMTs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 30, 2016 4:30:00 AM

As an EMS professional, you know that the elderly make up a large percentage of your patients, especially if you work in one of the more common retiree zones (Florida or Arizona, for example). According to the CDC, that number is only increasing. In the last century, our country has seen unprecedented growth in the number of geriatrics. Longer life spans and aging Baby Boomers are the leading factors in this increase, and by 2030, elderly people are expected to account for roughly 20 percent of the U.S. population.1 Which for you means that the number of geriatric patients you run on each year will only increase.

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Topics: Airway management

Respiratory Assessment: A Brief Overview

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 23, 2016 4:30:00 AM

One of the most critical scenarios you as a paramedic will respond to is respiratory emergencies. Respiratory distress can be linked to many underlying medical problems, so it must be recognized immediately, treated proficiently, and monitored continuously. But like any medical emergency, treatment begins with a good assessment.

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Topics: Airway management

Respiratory Emergencies: Abnormal Respiratory Patterns and What They Indicate

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 25, 2016 4:30:00 AM

You can tell a lot in the first few seconds of patient contact. Your initial survey begins the moment you step on scene. For example, there’s that “difficulty breathing” call that comes in the wee hours of the morning to an assisted-living residence you’ve responded to on countless occasions.

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Topics: Airway management