Using Intrathoracic Pressure Regulation to Enhance Blood Flow in Hypotensive and Cardiac Arrest Patients
Hypotensive patients, like those experiencing shock or cardiac arrest, require enhanced blood flow to provide sufficient oxygen to vital organs. Intrathoracic Pressure Regulation works with the body’s own physiology to enhance blood flow, improving cardiac output and lowering intracranial pressure.
It’s not uncommon for EMS providers to encounter hypotensive patients, whether from trauma, infection, dehydration or other cause. Impedance threshold devices (ITDs) are a BLS-approved therapy for quickly and effectively raising patient blood pressure in the EMS setting. This article examines current clinical studies of ITD use and their implications for EMS providers.
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