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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.

Posted Monday, November 24, 2014

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.

Posted Sunday, November 23, 2014

Future Applications of Intrathoracic Pressure Regulation

Dr. Ray Fowler takes a look at research that is showing promise for applications of IPR beyond CPR.

Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Respiratory Impedance in the Hypotensive Breathing Patient

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.

Posted Friday, November 21, 2014

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Assessment and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries and Neurogenic Shock

Do you know the difference between neurogenic and spinal shock?

Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Using Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation for Respiratory Distress

New protocol reduces the number of potentially harmful intubations.

Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remote Ischemic Conditioning Helps STEMI Patient Outcomes

A blood pressure cuff has more than one use.

Posted Monday, November 10, 2014

Study Shows Compressions During Defibrillation Aren’t As Safe As We Thought

Research indicates providers could still be exposed to potentially dangerous electrical exposure.

Posted Monday, November 10, 2014

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Enterovirus D68 Infections Reported in Children in Several States

Be aware of the signs and symptoms.

Posted Friday, November 7, 2014


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