Category: EMS 12 Lead

58 Year Old Male, Workout Worry

  Your Paramedic crew is called to the home of a 58 year old male, “possible heart” Upon arrival to the home, you are greeted by the gentleman’s wife, who directs you to your patient. You find him sitting in a chair in the living room, appearing concerned, but in no serious distress. He tells

In Defense of Morphine (Part 2)

Yesterday, I introduced some of the history preceding the recent Thrombosis and Haemostasis study looking at morphine in patients experiencing ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs). [For the curious, we’ll talk about that new article in Part 3. I have to work today, so I can’t guarantee that it’ll be up tomorrow, but soon!] We started with

In Defense of Morphine (Part 1)

Every time I hope this debate is going to die out, or that science will swing back toward rationality, another study gets published and throws a wrench in things. I’ll type this very carefully: There is no convincing evidence that morphine causes harm to patients experiencing ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs). As long as there isn’t

50 Year Old Male: Chest Pain, Hypotension, Pulmonary Edema (Conclusion)

This is the conclusion to Friday’s post. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest checking out the original patient presentation and ECG first. We have reproduced this case courtesy of Dr. Musa A. Sharkawi (@MusaSharkawi on Twitter). A 50-year-old man presented with sudden-onset chest pain, respiratory distress, pulmonary edema, and hypotension. This was his ECG:

50 Year Old Male: Chest Pain, Hypotension, Pulmonary Edema

Physician and cardiovascular fellow Dr. Musa A. Sharkawi shared this ECG on Twitter (@MusaSharkawi) and has graciously allowed us to reproduce it here. A 50-year-old male presents with a chief complaint of abrupt-onset severe chest pain. He is pale, diaphoretic, and ill-appearing—in moderate respiratory distress with extensive biateral crackles and a low blood pressure. Further

What are the essential elements of High Performance CPR?

Adult High Performance CPR (HP-CPR) Demo at the South Carolina Resuscitation Academy! Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue: Tim Santini, Jon Ceiply, Shane Marstiller, Sean Kavlick What is High Performance CPR? High Performance CPR typically consists of expertly performed BLS with strict attention to: Minimally interrupted chest compressions Ensuring optimal rate (100-120) Ensuring adequate depth (2

Rapid Prehospital Evolution of STEMI

82 year old male, in good physical shape, stops at a cafe for lunch after cycling for an hour. Witnesses report a syncopal episode lasting approximately 30 seconds. Patient history significant for prior MI requiring 3 stents. No other significant history. Patient denies any CP, SOB, N/V, lightheadedness. In fact, he denies any complaints at