What do you do when the dead are awake? It is confusing terminology, but patients may develop consciousness and be alert during cardiac arrest while receiving chest compressions. In the literature, this is often reported as cardiopulmonary resuscitation induced consciousness (CPR-IC) The phenomenon is overall rare but reports are increasing with time. In this blog and podcast we talk about how to manage such patients.
Most of us working any length of time in emergency medicine are either familiar with or perform the (extended) Focused Assessment of Sonography in Trauma (eFAST). Some keep with the original FAST exam which does not include the lungs, and we will talk more about why you want to include the lungs in a separate podcast. However, after having just returned from 2018 AASPA Conference where we taught participants about many clinically important exams, there were some details of the eFAST that simply could not be covered simply due to time. This podcast is devoted to providing some quick tips to improve your exam no matter your practice level.
Back in April 2017 we went to SEMPA 360 and we have been saving some pearls just for a reminder of what SEMPA can offer when it comes to a conference. The long wait is over and to help support our SEMPA friends we have an interview of some quick pearls from expert Robert Dachs.
Dental pain is a common complaint in emergency medicine. Often, it is seen as a non-emergent complaint and there is truth to that issue. However, dental pain can be life threatening and has some key points we will discuss in this podcast. The first step is to remember 3-2-1.
2017 has been an intriguing year. For the blog and podcast specifically, there have been many accomplishments. Goals have been obtained faster than planned and we still are striving for even more success. Today, we are talking about something that is not in medicine much but we see it elsewhere such as the military and firefighting: the after action review (AAR). However, a traditional AAR can sometimes be difficult to perform at it takes a long time. In critical events there is an abbreviated version known as the "hot offload" which is being promoted by some such as Ashley Liebig. However, it is worth noting there are some key differences.
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