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Emergency Medicine

All things medical. In this group, we discuss patient assessment, medical emergencies, triage and other emergency medical topics. 

Members: 9
Latest Activity: May 17, 2013

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DCAP-BTLS 2 Replies

Remembering everything we have to do from a medical perspective in an emergency situation can be challenging. The emergency medical services has developed a bunch of mnemonics that will help you keep everything straight. DCAP-BTLS is one of…Continue

Tags: trauma, testing, test, Assessment

Started by David Dejewski. Last reply by Robert H. Hopkins Aug 26, 2012.

Approaching Patients 2 Replies

When approaching a patient, try to do so in a non-threatening manner. Their heart rate may already be elevated and their stress level is likely higher than normal. Bringing calm to a patient as they deal with a crisis is perhaps one of the best…Continue

Tags: approach, EMS, patient-care

Started by David Dejewski. Last reply by David Dejewski Aug 14, 2012.

The Halo Test 2 Replies

The halo test is something I learned many years ago that is useful for determining whether or not there is cerebral spinal fluid in blood from a head wound. This, in turn gives the provider some idea of the severity and extent of a head wound.…Continue

Tags: assessment, test, trauma, medical, halo

Started by David Dejewski. Last reply by David Dejewski Aug 10, 2012.

A Basic Trauma Patient Assessment

This is an 18 year old male patient who has been struck by a car.   Continue

Tags: testing, test, trauma, assessment

Started by David Dejewski Jan 7, 2013.

A Basic Medical Patient Assessment Example

This is for a 74 year old female patient. Watch the video for a good example of the thought process we go through when we conduct a basic medical patient assessment.   Continue

Tags: cardiac, medical, assessment

Started by David Dejewski Jan 7, 2013.

A Basic EMS Notebook

Keeping a record of what you're doing while delivering emergency medicine is extremely important. Prehospital records not only communicate up the medical chain, but they become a part of the patient's official medical record and may be used in court…Continue

Tags: EMS, notebook, Gear

Started by David Dejewski Aug 31, 2012.

Classroom (Un)Realities

Students often get nervous. It can be intimidating to have to demonstrate…Continue

Tags: classroom, emt, training

Started by David Dejewski Aug 21, 2012.

Taking Blood Pressure

This is a pretty good video that not only shows how to take a blood pressure, but describes what's going on as the measurement is taken.  Continue

Tags: blood_pressure, EMS, vital_signs

Started by David Dejewski Aug 14, 2012.

Patient Assessment - Trauma

This video provides some idea of patient assessment testing requirements. It does not give a good idea of assessment flow, of interacting with the patient, or of collecting or verbalizing SAMPLE history, AVPU or other important medical elements of a…Continue

Tags: testing, test, trauma, assessment

Started by David Dejewski Aug 9, 2012.

Context - The Great Equalizer

My partners and I used to bet doughnuts that we could out-diagnose the docs…Continue

Tags: medical, trauma, treatment, clues, EMS

Started by David Dejewski Aug 19, 2012.

 

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