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February 2020

Traumatic brain injury treatment and assessment for first reponders

By |2021-01-21T15:03:16-05:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: In the field|

We review three common types of traumatic head injury (epidural bleed, subdural bleed, and subarachnoid bleed) and effective treatments for these injuries. By knowing what types of neurological injuries you're dealing with in the field, you will be better equipped to help your patients in a prehospital setting. After all, when it comes to brain injuries, there's no time to waste.

EMS and the opioid crisis: Where do we go from here?

By |2021-01-21T14:53:59-05:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: In the field|

The opioid crisis began in the 1990s as the result of unethical practices by pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professional. Now, millions of people in the United States struggle with addiction. How can we, as EMS professionals and first responders, help people who have fallen victim to this broken system? We look into this question through the story of someone who has overcome addiction.

January 2020

Tamiflu for kids debate picks up as flu season strikes

By |2020-12-08T14:24:57-05:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: In the field|

As flu season gets into full swing, many are again asking questions about Tamiflu's safety, especially Tamiflu for kids. In this article, Distance CME instructor and healthcare professional Tara Vlaun examines this in more depth. Drawing upon recent research and the opinions of pediatricians, Vlaun goes over the pros and cons of using Tamiflu to treat flu symptoms and addresses the issue of Tamiflu for kids.

November 2019

Strategies to improve care for mechanical ventilation patients

By |2020-05-14T15:55:38-04:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: In the field|

Mechanical ventilation has come a long way in ease of use and adjustability, but there is still no substitute for provider judgement and intellect. No one piece of the puzzle is 100% reliable, so the practitioner must use all pieces in unison to arrive at an informed decision as to whether the patient is benefiting from interventions.

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