Full list of Blood Test results
NC hospital using drones to transport blood samples–
WakeMed hospital is using drones to transfer specimen samples between campus buildings to save time
Fallout from Utah nurse arrest: Policy changes, apologies–
"Nurse Wubbels was placed in an unfair and unwarranted positon. Her actions are nothing less than exemplary," hospital CEO Gordon Crabtree said
4 effective strategies to cope with drug shortages in EMS–
Bound Tree Medical
Pharmaceutical shortages are an ongoing challenge for EMS providers, but agencies can take proactive steps to address the issue
Video: Utah cop arrests nurse for refusing access to patient for blood draw–
Det. Jeff Payne argued that he was allowed to take blood through an "implied consent" process even though the patient was comatose
Protocols sideline DUI blood draws by paramedics–
The legislation allows paramedics, with the consent of drivers, to draw blood at police stations instead of emergency rooms
Pa. bill may allow paramedics to assist police in DUI cases–
Under the bill, paramedics would be able to draw blood at DUI crash scenes when a police officer is present
Remember 2 Things: How to best obtain a glucometer blood sample–
Measuring a patient's blood sugar is an increasingly common assessment, performed on any patient with an altered mental status or reduced level of consciousness. Watch for two reminders about the importance of using a spring-loaded lancet and using gravity or a tourniquet to obtain a capillary blood sample.
Watch two more videos on glucometer use:
Remember 2 Things: How to avoid common glucometer mistakes
Remember 2 Things: How to obtain an accurate glucometer reading
Frequent Flyers: Blood sugar finger stick–
A comic for EMS drawing off the real experiences of EMS
Remember 2 Things: How to avoid common glucometer mistakes–
To get the most accurate reading from a glucometer avoid making the two common mistakes described by Steve Whitehead. Watch the video to learn the difference between intravenous blood and capillary blood samples. And listen to Whitehead's description of hypoglycemia as a relative finding.
Watch another episode of Remember 2 Things to learn more about acquiring a high-quality blood sample for the glucometer.
Remember 2 Things: How to obtain an accurate glucometer reading–
EMS providers frequently assess patient's blood sugar with a glucometer. Steve Whitehead gives two things EMTs and paramedics need to remember about preparing the site and sampling the second drop of blood instead of the first. Share your glucometer tips in the comments.
Watch part 2 to learn more about accurate glucometer use by avoiding two common mistakes.
EMS providers to give Mont. DUI offenders blood draws in jail–
AMR partnered with law enforcement as part of a pilot program to increase safety and save time by doing blood draws at jail instead of a local hospital
Bite puts fear of infection into Boston EMT–
"Absolute nightmare" for O'Brien as he waits for alleged assailant to consent to blood test
Medic discusses blood analysis on board helicopter–
A supervisor from Indiana University’s Health LifeLine highlights features of their Eurocopter 145
Sugar highs and lows: Rapid recognition–
Understand the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
Diabetes: The highs, lows, and "When Can They Go's"–
Diabetic emergencies come in a variety of types and causes, but the tools available to EMTs allow excellent evaluation and initial treatment of the patient