Author Archives: David Baumrind

Rapid Prehospital Evolution of STEMI

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82 year old male, in good physical shape, stops at a cafe for lunch after cycling for an hour. Witnesses report a syncopal episode lasting approximately 30 seconds. Patient history significant for prior MI requiring 3 stents. No other significant history. Patient denies any CP, SOB, N/V, lightheadedness. In fact, he denies any complaints at […]

Snapshot Case- No Day at the Beach

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It is a beautiful summer afternoon when you and your partner are called to the beach for a “swimmer in distress”. Upon your arrival, you find a 48 year old male sitting on a beach towel, appearing to be in some distress. You are told that he was swimming in the ocean when he began […]

“You Make the Call” — 86 Year old Female: Dizzy

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  It is a beautiful September morning when the tones go off for a 86 year old female, “altered mental status”. “Guess breakfast will have to wait”, as you and your partner head towards the residence. As you enter the one level home, you are directed to a back bedroom where you find your patient […]

57 Year Old Male–Chest Discomfort

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  It is a bright Sunday morning when you and your partner are dispatched for an “adult male-chest pain”. You arrive at a well kept residence, noting a ladder and paint cans as you enter. You find your patient, a 57 year old male, sitting on the sofa in mild distress. “I was doing some […]

Discussion for 70 Year Old Male: Short of Breath

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This is the discussion for “70 Year Old Male: Short of Breath“. Tough case. Lots of excellent comments and observations from our readers. Right off the bat, the patient’s presentation offered a major distraction: the recent eye surgery resulting in the old “eye patch presentation”. Confounding the situation further was the lack of any cardiac […]

70 Year Old Male: Short of Breath

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Good morning sports fans! You are dispatched to the residence of a 70 year old male, complaining of “shortness of breath”. You pull up to a well kept home, and are met at the front door by the patient’s wife. She tells you that her husband came home from the hospital yesterday after cosmetic eye […]

“Push Hard, Push Fast?”

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“Push Hard, Push Fast” We all know the mantra. It’s catchy. Compressions not deep enough? Push hard. Not fast enough? Push fast. Great. Except… One thing many of us have learned as professional rescuers is that the bigger issue is not pushing too slow, but pushing too fast. “But…push FAST!” I mean, faster has to be better […]

74 year old male with chest discomfort, right bundle branch block, and ST-segment elevation

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It’s a sunny winter afternoon when EMS is called to a doctor’s office for “an adult male with possible heart problem.” When you arrive you are led into room #3 where you find a 74 year old male in no apparent distress. His color looks good. You introduce yourself and find out that your patient was […]

All that wiggles isn’t Wellens’

This is the discussion for our Snapshot Case involving a 45 year old female complaining of chest pain. Here is the 12 lead for review: There is sinus rhythm at about 75 bpm. Slight ST elevation in V2. Biphasic T wave inversion in V2, inverted T waves in aVL, V3-V5. As we recall, the patient had complained of […]

Snapshot Case: 45 Year Old Female–Chest Pain

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  Here is the latest from our "Snapshot" case collection..  This ECG was taken from a 45 year old female patient who had "off and on" chest pain for about 24 hours. The discomfort radiated to her left arm, and she complained of some "dizziness".  She denies any associated SOB, or N/V.  The discomfort worsened over […]

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