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EMS Airway Briefs
There has been much debate over which type of neuromuscular blockade should be used to paralyze patients during RSI. A recent JEMS article compares and contrasts two of the more popular drugs used for RSI.read more
Steve Islava -Firefighter/Paramedic, to Provide Innovative Products to Pulmodyne®, a Medical Device Manufacturer Based in Indianapolis, Indianaread more
Prehospital cricothyrotomies in a helicopter emergency medical service: analysis of 19,382 dispatches
Creating a patent airway by cricothyrotomy is the ultimate maneuver to allow oxygenation (and ventilation) of the patient. Given the rarity of airway management catastrophes necessitating cricothyrotomy, sufficiently sized prospective randomized trials are difficult to perform. Our Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) documents all cases electronically, allowing a retrospective analysis of a larger database for all cases of prehospital cricothyrotomy.read more
EMS Airway Articles
Learn the history of the oropharyngeal airway (OPA) and review how to size the OPA for the patient, as well as the correct way to insert this basic, and effective, airway adjunct.read more
Shortness of breath, or dyspnea, results from air hunger, a sensation that you’re not getting enough air. Here’s how to spot a patient with increased work of breathing, an important assessment for an EMS provider evaluating a patient with dyspnea.read more
Non-invasive ventilation will only be effective if your patient is comfortable and you have a good seal with the patient's face. Photos courtesy Joseph Hopple When applying a device to deliver noninvasive ventilation (e.g., CPAP or BiPAP) to a patient, many providers forget to pay attention to one of the most critical aspects of using [...]read more
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