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Identify False ECG Readings

Patient movement can affect ECG readings, which is just one reason you should feel the patient rather than rely on the computer’s interpretation of the rhythm.

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Seat Belt Sign on the Neck Is a Serious Finding

Providers should examine MVC patients for seatbelt sign of the neck because it can signify underlying trauma.

Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Basics & Backups: Critical patient requires airway control & vascular access

Severe hyperthermia proves to be a life-threatening complication of excited delirium syndrome in 50-year-old male drug abuser.

Posted Sunday, March 14, 2010

Poison Control Deduces Cause of Patient's Coma

An ED staff mistakes alcohol-related hepatic encephalopathy for a toxin-induced coma, emphasizing the need to perform thorough assessments and history-taking.

Posted Monday, January 4, 2010

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Hidden Trauma: Seizure patients have a significant risk for injury

Crews respond to a call for a fallen 32-year-old seizure patient but fail to suspect a severe injury.

Posted Friday, December 4, 2009

Stimulus Overload: 'Video game epilepsy' causes seizures in young and old

EMS providers treat a 24-year-old for seizures experienced following prolonged and close-range video game play.

Posted Thursday, November 5, 2009

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Attacking Asthma: Five steps to treat pediatric status asthmaticus

Learn the five steps to treating for young patients experiencing acute asthma exacerbation.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A 'Handle' on Trauma: Rapid recognition, transport & resuscitation save young life

A teenage patient survives severe abdominal trauma following a bike accident thanks to quick recognition and transport to an appropriate facility.

Posted Monday, August 3, 2009

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Pothole' Conversion: External mechanical force reverses supraventricular tachycardia

A patient with supreventricular tachycardia is converted after the ambulance hits a pothole, but the questions remains: Are 'precordial thumps' a good idea?

Posted Sunday, June 14, 2009


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