Code STEMI Web Series – EMS 12-Lead Podcast Episode #6

EMS 12-Lead podcast – Episode #6 – Code STEMI Web Series (Special Episode)

As you probably already know if you've been following EMS 12-Lead or First Responders Network on Twitter or Facebook, we're working on a new web series called Code STEMI.

We just got back from AHA Scientific Sessions 2011 in Orlando which was our first location. We met some incredibly passionate people and had some amazing experiences! 

Ted Setla, Jamie Davis and I discussed it on a special episode of the EMS 12-Lead podcast.

Ted Setla
Executive Producer of the Code STEMI Web series
Setla Films
First Responders Network

Jamie Davis
Executive Producer of the EMS 12-Lead podcast
MedicCast
ProMed Network

The first teaser for the series has also been released at the First Responders Network.

Click HERE to watch.

Chris "the Dridge" Eldridge, Ted Setla and Tom Bouthillet
at AHA Scientific Sessions 2011

2 Comments

  • Jack Bode says:

    I've been a medic for over 31 years and the recent pre-hospital recognition, treatment and proper dispositions of the STEMI patient has been the best thing since portable defibrillators.
    My department has been doing this for about 5 years and I have some thoughts and advice born of experience.
    1. Don't expect a boat-load of STEMI patients. I work in a large metro area, do about 1100-1200 runs personally a year, and see about three STEMI's.
    2. Train the medics to actually read the EKG. Don't waste time and money on telemetry.
    3. Allow the medics to activate the cath lab from the field. No gatekeepers – NONE.
    3. Give the medics hard rules about when they can activate the Cath-Lab.Ours are:
         a. ST elevation> 2mm or more in 2 contiguous leads
         b. Patient having chest pain and monitor indicated "acute MI"
         c. No blocks. QRS duration of 120 ms or less.
    4. Expect false cath lab activations. The occurance will drop over time. Ours is under 10%.
    5. Hammer home the education, make it a continuing project.
    The development of STEMI protocols and the introduction of devices such as the Lucas has made this most exciting time to be involved in EMS. Good luck on your project and thanks for your passion. I can't think of a more worthy endeavor.

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Colleen
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
Allergies? O2, combivent, Calcium. Repeat 12lead ekg. 2nd set of signs. Depending on 2nd Ekg and 2nd set of signs with combivent, reassessment of patient after interventions. Depending on reassessment, 2nd/3rd VS, and 2nd EKG, would determine my decision on where to transport. Per Massachusetts protocols.
2014-10-02 05:57:52
Billy Bob
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
Well I will lean with Dave and go with more education; this is a classic sine wave EKG and with more education hopefully we all could spot this from across the door because again as Dave said this is something rarely seen in EMS if at all; this is the ONE TIME I will advocate…
2014-10-02 02:49:58
david
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
Looks like sine wave. QRS >.15 tall peaked T waves prolonged PRI, indicative of hyperkalemia. Calcium, bicarbonate, 50% dextrose perhaps even some albuterol, insulin at the Ed
2014-10-02 02:44:55
Hollywood Mike
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
ALS weakness and fall. Mental status is such that he remembers falling. I'm not going to get all excited about this tracing. I'm treating the guy for his complaint and watching him like a hawk during transport. I've seen some aberrant conduction that makes this ECG look like NSR so I'm jaded by experience (need…
2014-10-02 01:51:00
PandaMedic
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
It's great to see so many different points of view and styles, it's sad that so many of us are being critical and condescending towards other practitioners. Dave has a point, in that more education is needed, but there is something to be said for everyone who is here, reviewing these case studies and actively…
2014-10-02 01:45:45

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