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EMS Best Practice Archive

EMS Best Practice - Pulmonary Hypertension and the Interaction Between Revatio and Nitrates

January 9, 2012 - Pulmonary hypertension is a disease process where there is increased resistance to blood flow in the pulmonary arterial circulation. This is occurs as the small pulmonary arteries and capillaries become blocked, narrowed, and/or destroyed. As you recall, the right side of the heart pumps blood (returned from the body) through the lungs to get it oxygenated. This increased resistance to blood flow causes the right side of the patient’s heart to work harder and hypertrophy. Long term this results in right sided heart failure (inability to pump well) with multiple clinical issues... Read more...

EMS Best Practice - Why is Aspirin Such a Big Deal?

August 04, 2010 - Aspirin PREVENTS A HEART ATTACK and reduces the progression of a heart attack in progress by inhibiting the formation of blood clots, or the clumping of platelets... Read more...

EMS Best Practice - CPR

August 04, 2010 - There have been changes in the understanding of resuscitation from cardiac arrest. High quality CPR is now stressed as the key to survival from cardiac arrest... Read more...

EMS Best Practice - Dystonic Reaction

August 04, 2010 - All neuroleptic (antipsychotic) medications and many of the major tranquilizers can cause extrapyramidal symptoms (movement disorders). These symptoms can include... Read more...

EMS Best Practice - Intraosseous Access in Pediatric Patients

August 04, 2010 - Pediatric resuscitation is among the most stressful situations that a prehospital provider experiences. Access for administration of fluids and medications can be problematic... Read more...

EMS Best Practice - Pleural Decompression

August 04, 2010 - The seldom used skill of Pleural Decompression is a potentially life saving procedure when applied appropriately... Read more...

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