Four Common Respiratory Emergencies Among the Elderly

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 22, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Respiratory emergencies among the elderly are a common occurrence. As an emergency responder, especially if you work in warmer climes—such as Florida and Arizona—where many people go to retire, you will frequently be called upon to administer life-saving treatments for those in respiratory distress.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: EMS In the Community

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 17, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

We all know what an important role the 911 system plays in communities throughout the United States, but the role of EMS goes well beyond responding to fire and medical emergencies. Today, departments are realizing the impact they can have throughout their cities by getting involved in public outreach and education.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Three Respiratory Emergencies Involving Hazardous Materials

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 4, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Last August, on a calm Sunday at the southern coast of England, people strolling along the shore were suddenly engulfed in a strange chemical cloud. More than 130 people were treated at an area hospital for complaints ranging from sore throats, to streaming eyes, to difficulty breathing.¹ The source and the identity of the cloud have yet to be determined, but the event is a reminder that hazardous materials can cause a range of medical issues—one of the most serious being respiratory emergencies.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

5 Things You Should Include In Your Tactical Trauma Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 27, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

With the number of mass shootings across America increasing each year, there is a growing focus on integrated response, placing paramedics and EMTs side-by-side with law enforcement when called to scenes of violence. As tactical medical response evolves to meet these growing needs, so does our medical equipment. But the restrictions that go along with tactical scenarios—namely, take only what you can carry—mean that each piece of equipment must be fundamental to the mission. There is no room for excess. Let's explore five things to include in your tactical trauma kit.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Tactical trauma kit

Airway Obstruction: Are You Prepared?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 25, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Airway obstruction can be one of the most intensive calls that requires a response from you, the rescuer. Few emergencies require such decisive, immediate action as an obstructed airway. You must recognize the signs, decide on an appropriate course of action, and treat effectively so the obstruction can be relieved and airway patency restored.

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

The Ins and Outs of Respiration: Five Things EMTs Should Always Remember

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 24, 2018 10:06:59 AM

 

EMTs may not be able to perform the full range of advanced airway options that paramedics typically employ, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for recognizing a tenuous airway, performing a thorough assessment, and choosing the appropriate treatment strategy. All emergency responders must be capable of airway interventions, so today we’ll discuss the ins and outs of respiration and five things EMTs should always remember when dealing with respiratory emergencies.

 

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: The Emerging Trend Of Tactical Medicine and the Effects Of Stressful Events on Emergency Personnel

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 13, 2018 10:43:42 AM

 

February ushered in another mass shooting at another school, this time with 17 people killed. Much has been debated about the response of law enforcement—their lack of a timely entry, their failure to engage the shooter. As emergency responders, we should reserve judgment on our partners in law enforcement, and instead, focus on how we can all work together to reduce mortalities when these horrific incidents take place.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Are You Prepared for Pediatric Trauma?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 31, 2018 4:30:00 AM

The call came in as a “child down.” No other information was available. As your unit races to the scene, you do a quick mental inventory of the equipment you may need: pedi bag, airway bag, spinal immobilization, trauma bag. As with any emergency, your pulse is racing, but when the call involves a child, there is always an added layer of stress. Is your equipment ready? Did you inventory the pedi bag this morning? Can you recall the drug dosages, in case the child is in a full arrest? A million questions flash through your mind.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Paramedic Emergency Suction Procedures for Paramedics

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 26, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Each shift can present a range of medical emergencies. Myocardial infarctions, strokes, traumatic injuries—you must be ready for anything. And any one of these patients can devolve into a critical suction scenario. The MI may lapse into cardiac arrest; the stroke may render swallowing ineffective; and the trauma patient may have facial injuries producing copious blood in the mouth. You must have suction at the ready, for every patient. Your priority is always a patent airway.

The key aspect of suction readiness is having procedures in place that ensure you are prepared. So let's discuss some of the aspects of emergency suction procedures for paramedics.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Every Paramedic’s Plan for Respiratory Arrest

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 19, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

One of the most critical scenarios you will encounter as a paramedic is a patient in respiratory arrest. Whether the arrest is due to a drug overdose, an obstruction preventing a child from moving air, or a gunshot wound to the base of the skull that has knocked out the respiratory centers of the brain, treating respiratory arrest requires preparation, quick action, and the proper equipment. It requires a plan.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness