Remote Cardiac Call: ALS crew treats patient with suspected drug overdose

 

 
 
 

From the December 2009 Issue | Wednesday, December 2, 2009


A crew with Siksika Emergency Medical Services (an aboriginal ALS ambulance service in southern Alberta, Canada) treats a male patient found unconscious due to a suspected poly-pharmacy overdose. Contributing factors, such as patient presentation and the remote setting of the incident (approximately 75 miles from the nearest trauma center), played a part when the team selected rapid sequence intubation (RSI), which enabled them to insert an endotracheal tube to better protect his airway. Learn more about how to properly assess patients suspected of a drug overdose, as well as when to use narcan and RSI, atjems.com/patient_assessment.




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Related Topics: Patient Care, Cardiac and Circulation, Airway and Respiratory, Siksika Emergency Medical Services, RSI, rapid sequence intubation, Jems EMS in Action

 
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