Recently, Dr. Jeff Jarvis was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine for a paper regarding a clinical bundle he developed to reduce complications during intubation. Specifically, his paper was to help reduce hypoxia in out-of-hospital intubation attempts. However, the pearls can be used by anyone managing the airway of a patient.
What happens when you have someone who is anticoagulated fall and have minor head trauma? They are talking to you, they appear neurologically intact, and they feel like they can go home. Do you let them or do you still encourage a CT scan of their head? There is a recent paper that may change your practice.
Firefighters are exposed to a number of dangers on a daily basis. With this being the anniversary of 9/11, we want to dedicate this blog and podcast to all the victims from that day. Most of us are already very familiar with issues that arise with firefighters such as PTSD and the impact on the body from long hours, overtime, and physical stress. Unfortunately, we often forget about the other needs and special scenarios that firefighters come across and will cover some of the key aspects in this blog and podcast.
At the request of listeners, we are covering some essential clinical topics such as deep neck infections including peritonsilar abscess (also known as "quinsy"). These are life-threatening conditions that require early recognition and intervention. Since peritonsilar infections are not of deep visceral spaces, this is technically separate but given their high incidence and at times coexistence with other deep neck infections they are often combined such as in discussion.
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