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 […]

80 Year Old Male: Fall

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A previously well 80-year-old experienced a fall at his home where he lives alone. He was walking from the living room to the kitchen when suddenly he found himself on the ground, which he attributes to tripping on the runner rug in the hallway. “My son has been telling me to get rid of that […]

Dont let your bradycardic patient D.I.E.

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At the risk of plagiarizing myself, I’d like to revisit a topic that I discussed on my personal blog a couple of years ago. The story goes that I am not very good with mnemonics. For me they are almost never useful in clinical practice, and as the patient gets sicker my chances of properly […]

45 year old male with “numb hands” – Discussion

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Go back to 45 year old male with “numb hands” to read about the presentation, and see the ECGs.   The culprit artery? After arriving at the hospital, the patient bypassed the ED, going directly to the cardiac catheterization lab. The patient was found to have a total occlusion of the proximal RCA, and the […]

45 year old male with “numb hands”

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This case illustrates both how good modern EMS can be at expediting emergency cardiac care, but also the challenges that still confront us. Yes, there is a “twist,” but only a small one. Note: I never saw this patient, but the ECGs and outcome were brought to my attention by a colleague, Dr K. Thrace, […]

Pediatric Pit Crew CPR

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A reader asks, “Does your Pit Crew CPR process work for pediatrics?” The answer is yes (with some minor modifications). Some things to keep in mind: Pediatric cardiac arrest is more likely to be respiratory or asphyxial so there is less emphasis on “patient’s side to first shock” as the arrest rhythm is more likely […]

Conclusion: 53 YOF with AMS: STEMI or Secondary ST-T changes?

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This is the conclusion to the previous case: 53 YOF with AMS: STEMI or Secondary ST-T changes? This female presented to the ED with Altered Mental Status (AMS), via ambulance, as STEMI ALERT, after completing approximately 3 hours of her usual dialysis. This was the 12 lead ECG provided by EMS…   We have a […]

53 YOF with AMS: STEMI or Secondary ST-T Changes?

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This is the case of a 53 year old female who presented to the Emergency Department (ED) via EMS, with Altered Mental Status (AMS). EMS was called to a local dialysis center due to the patient being unresponsive after  approximately 3 hours of dialysis. Upon arrival to the ED, the patient was unable to answer […]

The most awesome STEMI test on the internet!

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Sr. Editor Christopher Watford created an online STEMI test based on McCabe JM, et al. Physician Accuracy in Interpreting Potential ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Electrocardiograms. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013; 2:e000268. The exam was in beta testing for a while (see this thread at EMTLife.com) but it’s ready for prime time! It was featured at the […]

Adult Pit Crew CPR – The Explicit Details

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Here is a description of Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue’s Pit Crew CPR process in bullet point form. It may help to think of it as a 4-phase process. Phase 1: Patient’s side to first shock Confirm pulselessness and announce “at patient, code blue” Start CPR – continuous chest compressions at the appropriate rate, depth, and recoil Power […]

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