In a few words

10. Cooling the heat emergency

10. Cooling the heat emergency – April 2015 Heat stroke is a life threatening problem. Body temperature is raised over 40°C by the environment or by exertion. Thermoregulation fails and life threatening muscle and organ failure follows. Cooling must occur […]

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22. The intraosseous needle

22. The intraosseous needle – April 2015 Administration of fluids and pharmacological agents in acute pre-hospital emergencies is a mainstay of modern practice. Most of these agents will have to work quickly but without causing problems. There are numerous routes […]

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9: The supraglottic airway

In a few words 9: The supraglottic airway – March 2015 To be able to follow the emergency mantra 101 to maintain a patent airway, a knowledge of all the adjuncts available is important. Where airway reflexes and consciousness are […]

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8. The pharyngeal airway

In a few words 8: The pharyngeal airway Jeff Kenneally – www.Prehemt.com Clinical guidelines for managing emergency medical and traumatic problems begin with ‘ensure patent airway’. Patent means the airway ‘pipe’ is open to allow air to move in and […]

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4. Cricoid pressure or BURP

In a few words 4: Cricoid pressure or BURP Jeff Kenneally – www.Prehemt.com Gastric content aspiration is a risk for many patients. Methods to reduce this risk are valuable with intubation arguably the most comprehensive. Cricoid pressure and laryngeal manipulation […]

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5. Tympanic temperature

In a few words 5: Tympanic temperature Jeff Kenneally – www.Prehemt.com Evaluating body temperature is a critical part of the vital signs. Body temperature is unreliable to assess through touch alone. Patients who feel hot or cold may have normal […]

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4. The valsalva manoeuvre

In a few words 4: The Valsalva manoeuvre Jeff Kenneally – www.Prehemt.com The Valsalva manoeuvre is a simple and easy to perform method of reverting some forms of supraventricular tachycardia. It has an effectiveness variously described at around one in […]

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