Monthly Archives: October 2010

Scene times for rural retrieval in Scotland

The Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) provides an aeromedical retrieval service to remote and rural communities in Scotland. They examined 300 retrievals over a five year period and showed a correlation between amount of critical care interventions required and total … Continue reading

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Paediatric arrest outcomes

A study of out-of-hospital paediatric arrests in Melbourne gives some useful outcome data: overall, paediatric victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survived to leave hospital in 7.7% of cases, which is similar to adult survival in the same emergency system (8%). … Continue reading

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Ketamine for HEMS intubation in Canada

Ketamine was used by clinical staff from the The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) in Alberta to facilitate intubation in both the pre-hospital & in-hospital setting (with a neuromuscular blocker in only three quarters of cases). Changes in vital … Continue reading

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Scene times & penetrating trauma

An observational cohort study of penetrating trauma patients treated by the Mobile Emergency Care Unit in Copenhagen, Denmark over a seven-and-a-half year period sought to determine the effect of on-scene time on 30-day mortality. In this setting, in cases of … Continue reading

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Pre-hospital RSI by different specialties

This aim of the study was to evaluate the tracheal intubation success rate of doctors drawn from different clinical specialities performing rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in the pre-hospital environment operating on the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Over a 5-year … Continue reading

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EM trainee RSI experience

A single centre observational study of rapid sequence intubation (RSI) was performed in a Scottish Emergency Department (ED) over four and a quarter years, followed by a postal survey of ED RSI operators. There were 329 RSIs during the study … Continue reading

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AED Use in Children Now Includes Infants

From the new 2010 resuscitation guidelines: For attempted defibrillation of children 1 to 8 years of age with an AED, the rescuer should use a pediatric dose-attenuator system if one is available. If the rescuer provides CPR to a child … Continue reading

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Resuscitation Guideline Changes

The European Resuscitation Council’s Summary of Major Changes in the 2010 guidelines can be downloaded here

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CAB rather than ABC

The 2010 ILCOR resuscitation guidelines were published today. Key changes and continued points of emphasis from the 2005 BLS Guidelines include the following: Sequence change to chest compressions before rescue breaths (CAB rather than ABC) Immediate recognition of sudden cardiac … Continue reading

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New CPR Guidelines

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation has published its five-yearly update of resuscitation guidelines. The American Heart Association Guidelines can be accessed here The European Resuscitation Guidelines can be accessed here 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and … Continue reading

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