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10. Thanks or slaps

10. Thanks or slaps – April 2015 I once brought a patient back from heart stopped without signs of life to sitting up talking. A week later I received a complaint from him against me. Another patient I punched fair […]

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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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12. Decompression illness

12. Decompression illness – April 2015 Keywords: decompression illness underwater diving prehospital paramedic One callout that is not commonly attended as a prehospital emergency is the underwater diving related emergencies. Not diving as in jumping into water head first. No, underwater […]

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31. Carbon monoxide exposure

31. Carbon monoxide exposure – April 2015 Keywords: Paramedic Pre-hospital Carbon monoxide Smoke You have been able to see a plume of thick smoke well before you turn that last corner. Entering the suburban court you realise it is best […]

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8. Australian snake bites

8. Australian snake bites – April 2015 Keywords: Snake bite prehospital pressure immobilisation If you asked people to list the top ten favourite creatures to never meet with face to face you can bet snakes will appear more than once. […]

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27. Pre-hospital aspirin

27. Pre-hospital aspirin – April 2015 Keywords: aspirin acute coronary syndrome The humble aspirin is a mere tablet hardly likely to even register as a blip on the pre-hospital excitement radar. Paramedics like things that are dramatic and highly visible […]

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9. Breaking the bad news

9. Breaking the bad news – April 2015 Keywords: prehospital ambulance paramedic I once told two young parents that their infant son was dead by running my finger across my throat from one side to another. I really should have […]

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