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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 […]

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, […]

AMS, hypotensive with HR > 150: Cardiovert?

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  EMS was called for middle-aged man, found slumped over a table at restaurant. He had quite a poor mental status and could not offer any medical history. Per the staff he had just arrived, and not eaten or drank anything. Although he is carrying a home glucometer, his blood sugar is 160. He has […]

Transcutaneous pacing: “Put it up to eleven!”

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Dramatic ECG! But there is a short answer, actually just a number. And as the title suggests, the answers to this case are (both literally and figuratively) 11. But what are the questions? The Case EMS brought in a middle-aged male with altered mental status and an ill appearance.Over the past 3-4 days he had […]

30 Day Challenge

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Today is July 11 and I have not had a drink in 30 days. Some of you may know that my mother suffers from advanced dementia and requires round-the-clock care. She is on hospice and I have been out on FMLA leave helping with her care (which is why I missed SMACC in Chicago). This time […]

Computer misses it, but the medic catches it.

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True fact: I failed out/dropped out of grad school in mathematics. But despite having little enthusiasm for topology or complex analysis, nothing drives me more nuts than people who say stuff like “I’m not good at math – just not a math person, I guess.” This attitude is not just incorrect, it’s harmful. Most mathematics […]

How to be successful at IV therapy – some advice for paramedic students

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons In a recent thread at EMT Life a paramedic student wrote: Just entering my 2nd semester of paramedic school. So far I’ve found the coursework to be the easiest part. Instead of being stressed over tests I’m stressed over IV’s. 170 sticks in overall my % sucks. Granted most of those […]

Revolutionizing Pediatric Resuscitation, JEMS Games Finals, and a Very Serious Topic #EMSToday2015

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Friday, February 27 Okay, I admit it. I’m 43 years old and I can’t party like I used to. I needed a little help yesterday morning after ZOLL SHOCKFEST. But, I had an important meeting to attend with three amazing women who keep the trains running on time at EMS Today 2015 – MaryBeth DeWitt (@dewittmarybeth), […]

Meetings, Great Classes, and Celebration! #EMSToday2015

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Thursday, February 26 My day started early (these blog posts don’t write themselves you know!) and then I was off to my first ever JEMS Editorial Board meeting. As the “new guy” I had resolved not to cause too much trouble. A.J. Heightman (@AJHeightman) was suffering a bit of laryngitis which gave everyone good-natured laugh at A.J.’s […]

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