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Remember to treat the patient, not the monitor

On this episode of Inside EMS, our co-hosts discuss the importance of treating the whole patient in context, instead of relying on medical monitoring to determine best practices


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On this episode of Inside EMS, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the adage of treating the patient – not the monitor. While the numbers are an important piece of the puzzle, it’s important to look at the information in the context of what’s going on with the patient as a whole, the duo reminds listeners.

During the discussion, Grayson touches on the concept of defensive medicine, which happens when a provider or ER physician does myriad tests to see what will “stick” regarding a patient’s symptoms. Grayson also offers tips for providers who are working to use monitor numbers as a starting point to treating the whole patient.

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