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No, doubling the paper speed will not reveal hidden P-waves

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Apparently I went to the Rick Bukata School of Titling Articles. A 22-year-old male presents with agitation and delirium after smoking an unknown substance that an equally unknown person on the street offered him. You note a rapid radial pulse at around 150 bpm and attach him to the cardiac monitor: Well now we’re in […]

RCP de Alto Desempaño – ¡Rendimiento sobre Protocolo!

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Esta entrada es un complemento a Pit-Crew CPR en Adultos y Pit-Crew CPR Pediátrica. En concreto, esta es la forma en la que hemos modificado nuestro proceso de formación tras asistir a la Resuscitation Academy en Seattle / King County. Durante el re-entrenamiento, cada rescatador debe experimentar cada posición al menos dos veces. Dicho de […]

High Performance CPR – Performance Not Protocol!

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This is a supplement to Adult Pit Crew CPR and Pediatric Pit Crew CPR. Specifically, this is how we have modified our training process since attending the Resuscitation Academy in Seattle / King County. Each rescuer should experience each position at least twice. In other words, you run the drill, stop and switch, run the drill, stop and switch. […]

Pit Crew / High Performance CPR on the EMS Nation Podcast

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Editor-in-Chief Tom Bouthillet (@tbouthillet) was on the EMS Nation podcast (@EMS_Nation) for EMS Week. The topic was Pit Crew / High Performance CPR and Systems of Care. Click HERE to open in iTunes. Click HERE to open in Libsyn (with built-in media player). Referenced in this podcast Adult Pit Crew CPR – The Explicit Details […]

Cardiac arrest and deep T wave inversions

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The paramedic swung the stretcher into the resus bay, and started giving report. As the team of RNs, techs, and residents swung into action, I noted that the young adult patient didn’t look very sick at all. Confused, yes, and perhaps a bit anxious, but this seemed like an over-triage. “Paramedic Battistelli,” I called out, […]

Continuous Chest Compressions vs. 30:2. Does It Matter? Depends On the Quality!

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Seattle Fire Department Engine 2. The rescuer on the left has just placed a metronome on the ground. I will eventually get around to composing a more thoughtful blog post about my experiences at the Resuscitation Academy but in the interim I wanted to share something about the ventilation strategy in King County, Washington. There […]

The 12 Rhythms of Christmas: Paroxysmal AV-Block

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This article is the ninth in our latest series, The 12 Rhythms of Christmas, where we examine a different rhythm disorder with each new post. It’s a continuation of the theme behind last year’s 12 Leads of Christmas. And, just like last year’s series, I’m rather late getting the final articles out, but the end […]

70s male with “seizures” proves to be incessant arrhythmias with multiple ICD shocks

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EMS is called to the residence of a 71 year old male for “seizures.” On arrival the patient’s spouse meets the ambulance outside and hurries the paramedics along saying “Come quickly! Please help him!” The paramedics arrive at the patient’s side just in time to see him receive an ICD shock. They ask how long […]

90 year old female with abdominal pain and wide complex tachycardia

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EMS is called to the residence of a 90 year old female who awoke to an “uncontrolled bowel movement” that corresponded with sudden onset abdominal pain. On EMS arrival, the patient is alert and oriented to person, place, time, and event. She has a grimace on her face and appears acutely ill. When asked the […]

The 12 Rhythms of Christmas: High-Grade AV-Block

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This article is the eighth in our latest series, The 12 Rhythms of Christmas, where each day we examine a new rhythm disorder. It’s a continuation of the theme behind last year’s 12 Leads of Christmas. In our recent articles we’ve discussed three different types of AV-block that cause dropped P-waves: type I, type II, […]

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