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Strengthening the Chain of Survival

The cardiac chain of survival depends first and foremost on early CPR, but once EMS professionals arrive, quality measures -- such as real-time feedback and integrated debriefing -- make a vital difference in patient outcomes.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Introduction

Improvements in training and medical direction—in both prehospital and hospital systems—has allowed technology and advanced medical treatment to rapidly expand in the field, hospitals and EDs. In many instances, innovative prehospital systems and their medical directors are on the front lines leading the charge.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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The Most Important Test

The 12-lead ECG is the most important initial test for diagnosing acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Changes have recently been incorporated into the Philips DXL ECG algorithm and the HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator that enhance the ECG’s ability to detect acute ischemia, AMI & STEMI.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Regionalized Cardiac Arrest Care

FDNY created a regional protocol for initiating hypothermia on cardiac patients. This article reports initial results as well as lessons learned for EMS systems wanting to initiate similar protocols.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Heart Safe Community Award Winners Exemplify Leadership in Emergency Cardiac Care

Read about the winners of the Heart Safe Community Awards, given to systems with creative PAD programs.

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pump for the Pump

There’s significant evidence that manual CPR isn’t effective in a moving ambulance. It’s time for EMS agencies to pay attention to the data on effective CPR and the efficacy of mechanical CPR to improve resuscitation outcomes.

Posted Monday, August 31, 2009

Ineffective Techniques

The importance of chest compressions as the cornerstone of resuscitation has been confirmed by research and put into protocols, but the most elaborate and eloquent protocols are useless if the actual circulation needed from adequate compressions is lacking.

Posted Monday, August 31, 2009

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A Hands-On Approach

Studies show that the first minute of CPR with ventilations, even an ideally performed effort results in only 30 chest compression. Is this affecting our survival rates?

Posted Monday, August 31, 2009


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