The Small Hospital’s Guide: Preparing for Patient Surges in Disasters

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 23, 2015 4:30:00 AM

Hospitals can generally anticipate an increase in patient volume following a disaster in the community. However, as disasters such as Hurricane Katrina have shown us, this surge may persist even beyond the immediate influx of patients, especially if there is significant local damage.  From dialysis centers to ambulatory care clinics to outpatient chemotherapy- if other health care facilities are inoperable, those patients will rely on the nearest hospital for their medical needs.

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Topics: Patient Transport, Emergency Preparedness

The Case For Suction When Transporting Patients With Airway Trauma

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 18, 2015 4:30:00 AM

The call was to a shooting; no other information was provided. You arrive to find a gunshot wound to the mouth, self-inflicted, the shotgun still warm, the patient still conscious. A last minute flinch sent the blast careening through the patient’s cheek – a survivable wound, if you can keep the airway clear. But with heavy bleeding and massive tissue destruction, maintaining a patent airway is going to be tricky. You better have your suction ready.

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Topics: Patient Transport

Determining Patient Transport Destinations: What Paramedics Must Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 30, 2015 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Patient Transport