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52 year old male CC: Seizure

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You're working a QRV on a busy weekend, when you get dispatched for a "man down". No transport units are initially available, but a BLS crew from a neighboring town are on their way. Upon your arrival an officer on scene directs you inside to a man he says, "looks like he had a seizure". […]

What Happened?

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A 68 year old male, with no significant medical history, presents to the local ED (non-PCI) with chest pain. He had been doing some gardening, when he suddenly felt chest discomfort (8/10), non-radiating with diaphoresis. His wife drove him to the ED. Once there, he was given ASA and NTG, and the following ECG was […]

Snapshot Discussion: 32 year old Male–Chest Discomfort

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Here is the discussion for the Snapshot Case: 32 year old male–Chest Discomfort. Sorry for the delay. If you recall, we have a young patient, a 32 year old male, with a heart rate too rapid to count. He is alert and oriented, and has a good pressure (126/70). He has been in the following […]

Physio-Control demos how to incorporate the LUCAS into a "pit crew" approach to resuscitation

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Cam Pollock and John Friederich from Physio-Control put on a demonstration for us at Fire-Rescue Med 2012 to show how the LUCAS Chest Compression System can be incorporated into a "pic crew" concept for CPR and resuscitation. As you will see the application of the LUCAS device need not cause a significant delay in chest […]

Comparing 12-Leads: Discussion

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This is the discussion for Comparing 12-Leads: Common Error or Common Disease? All of our readers were on the right track, and many were spot on! Sometimes, troubleshooting an ECG is more than just lead placement. In this case report, we had three 12-Lead ECG's, all featuring a similar pattern: inappropriate R-wave progression. Initially, when […]

Comparing 12-Leads: Common Error or Common Disease?

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The following is a case report involves three ECG's recorded on three different patients on three different crews during the same week. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to determine what these three patients have in common and what action should be taken! The first 12-Lead ECG is from an 88 year […]

Snapshot: 32 year old male–chest discomfort

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Here's a new snapshot case straight from the UK… We have a 32 year old male, normally fit with no history whatsoever. He has had a stressful week (personal issues), and decided maybe a 4 mile run might help. It didn't. When he returned home, he developed sudden onset of chest discomfort, and decided to […]

Must-watch video of cardiac arrest save!

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This is an outstanding video that shows clips of an actual resuscitation and features a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. It's important to collect data so we can measure our progress and prove that we are saving lives, but as we build these systems of care we must always remember that these are our mothers, fathers, […]

63 Year Old Male: "Dental Pain" — Discussion

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This is the discussion to "63 year old male: "Dental Pain". You may wish to review the case. For starters, i think we all agree that the patient, with his signs and symptoms, needs to be transported. We have all had patients like this who don't want to go, even though we know they should. […]

69 year old female CC: Shortness of breath, weakness

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Here's a case submitted by a faithful reader who wishes to remain anonymous. He has submitted several cases before and they are always excellent so thank you, Mr. Anonymous!  EMS is called to the residence of a 69 year old female who is complaining of sudden onset of shortness of breath and weakness. Past medical […]

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