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Succinylcholine or Rocuronium for RSI?

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.

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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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EMS Airway Articles

We Love Oxygen

We Love Oxygen

As a kid growing up in Fort Worth, Texas I had little interest in ambulances or medicine. I do remember one thing about the ambulances in the late 1960s in that they always had signs on the side that stated “oxygen equipped” in big letters.

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Monitoring the Effectiveness of CPAP

Monitoring the Effectiveness of CPAP

Once you’ve decided to use CPAP, and convinced your patient to cooperate, you’ll need to monitor the effectiveness of CPAP. It may be necessary to adjust your CPAP pressure, resolve significant mask leaks, reassure your patient or progress to assisted ventilation when CPAP fails.

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EMS Capnography Video Series

Episode 4: Waveform Analysis vs Assessment

In this video, Troy Valente discusses Waveform Analysis vs Assessment utilizing expiratory and inspiratory phases 

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