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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.

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A Systematic Approach to Capnography Waveforms

A Systematic Approach to Capnography Waveforms

Capnography was first proposed for use in the operating room in 1978 and has since become the standard of care for monitoring ventilation.1 Capnography is rapidly growing in use for intubated and non-intubated applications across hospital environments including the ICU, resuscitation, procedural sedation, and postoperative monitoring of patients receiving opioid analgesia. 1,2 When used appropriately, [...]

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When CPAP Is Not Working

When CPAP Is Not Working

Assessing and Treating Deteriorating Respiratory Failure Patients Effectiveness of CPAP monitored with nasal capnography. Photo by Joe Hopple. Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation such as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) has become a standard of care for the prehospital respiratory distress patients. It helps prevent patients from intubation1, which is thought to improve patient outcomes. However, [...]

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EMS Capnography Video Series

EMS Capnography Video

Episode 1: What is Capnography?

In this video, Troy Valente shares an introduction to Capnography and its definitions and principles to understand its multiple uses for EMS.

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