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Ohio paramedics respond to surge of narcotic overdoses–
Akron police suspect fentanyl-laced heroin as the cause of 17 overdoses in one day
Remember 2 Things: Sedation for violent, restrained patients–
In this episode on patient restraint Steve Whitehead discusses the need for and importance of sedation for restrained, violent patients. Follow your local protocols to select and administer a sedative. Whitehead also describes the importance of continuing restraints after administering a sedative.
6 success steps for diagnosing altered level of consciousness–
Focus on assessing and treating the patient's basic life threats before interrogating bystanders or investigating the scene
Epi label change will cut medication errors–
Epinephrine is now labeled for mass dose, like other medications, which is an important step toward patient safety
Prevent EMS medication errors with checklists and job aids–
Most EMS providers have witnessed or been involved with a medication error attributable to poor system design and lack of safety behaviors
Remember 2 Things: How to prevent medication administration errors–
A large percentage of errors are due to medication administration errors. In this episode of Remember 2 Things Steve Whitehead reminds paramedics of the importance of drawing up a medication dose into a syringe and what to do with the medication remaining in a vial. After watching share your medication administration tips in the comments and read this excerpt from "Med Math Simplified."
Study: Ketamine found more effective for treating highly-agitated patients during transport–
Patients treated with ketamine were sedated 12 minutes faster than with average sedative
Remember 2 Things: Altered mental status in geriatric patients–
EMS providers frequently assess geriatric patients with altered mental status. This EMS1 training video reviews two common conditions — hypoglycemia and sepsis — that can cause changes in a patient's mental status.
After watching Steve Whitehead discuss these conditions, learn more about sepsis assessment and treatment in articles from Kelly Grayson and Rom Duckworth. Then share your geriatric assessment tips in the comments.
When overdoses go wild: Protecting the EMS provider–
Learn how to anticipate, recognize, and manage violent patient encounters to minimize danger to yourself and the patient
To withhold or not withhold EMS treatment: That is the question–
Expand your knowledge of EMS care beyond rote memorization and you’ll soon realize that you are rarely withholding care
Sedate cardiac arrest patients who attain awareness from high-quality CPR–
Researchers find a growing number of patients without a spontaneous heartbeat who regain consciousness while receiving CPR
5 reasons to consider switching to premixed drugs–
Manufacturer-prepared premixed drugs can save time and minimize admixing errors
5 EMS books that make great gifts–
Our favorite books of the year written by medics; great gifts for everyone on your list
AHA CPR guidelines: Get in step with the 2015 updates–
An in-depth analysis of the research based updates for the treatment of out of hospital cardiac arrest
How to recognize opiate withdrawal in inmates–
Whether through prescription drug abuse or IV heroin, opiate addiction is on the increase; here's how EMS providers can recognize withdrawal symptoms and know what to do
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