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The Ins & Outs of Apneic Oxygenation

This process is an easy way to provide additional oxygen to patients when they aren’t breathing.

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Three Treatments & Effects for Anaphylactic Shock Patients

Field treatment of anaphylactic shock includes: 1. Medications, including epinephrine, diphenhydramine, dopamine and dosed fluid boluses; 2. Supplemental oxygen; and 3. Airway support.   The effects of the treatment often lead to the three following outcomes: 1. Signs and symptoms ...

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Treat Anaphylactic Incidents Before it’s Too Late

Knowledge about how to recognize and treat anaphylactic reactions is critical to patient survival.

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Five Steps to Correct Use of VL Equipment

EMS Airway Clinic author and airway expert Graham E. Snyder, MD FACEP, offers us the following five steps to correctly using video laryngoscopy for successful intubations. Step 1: Know your equipment. Step 2: Assemble the equipment correctly. Step 3: Don’t ...

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IAFC Recognizes Fire Departments with Heart Safe Community Awards

At the IAFC's Fire-RescueMed conference, the Heart Safe large community award winner was recognized for its resucitation efforts, which include placing video laryngoscopy on every ambulance.

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Study Concludes Air Transport Improves Survival Rates

Researchers, including EMS Airway Clinic author Samuel M. Galvagno Jr., DO, PhD., find helicopters to be more effective than ground ambulances for trauma patients' outcomes.

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Four Reasons Why Intubation During Cardiac Arrest Doesn't Always Work

Learn the reasons why intubating a cardiac arrest patient won't always ensure positive patient outcome.

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Color Ranges of a Typical Colorimetric Device

End-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) can be measured by colorimetry and capnography. Colorimetric devices provide continuous, semi-quantitative EtCO2 monitoring. A typical device has the following three color ranges: Purple—EtCO2 is less than 0.5% Tan—EtCO2 is 0.5–2% Yellow—EtCO2 is greater than 2% Tip ...

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Paramedic Saved by First-Time Use of ECMO Machine

San Diego Fire-Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic Andrea "Dre" Dominguez shares the incredible story of how doctors used an ECMO machine to treat her severe asthmaticus, the first time the device was used on an asthma patient.

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Rethinking ETI

Rethinking ETI

Should we evaluate such basic issues as prehospital ETI before we evaluate new therapies, such as impedance threshold devices or hypertonic saline?

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