Posts from the ‘Prehospital medicine’ Category
Dr John Hinds believed in prehospital doctor led trauma care saving lives (RIP , 2015)
There are plenty of times in the land of retrieval (and in some prehospital settings) where you need a little bit more than the simple squeezy cuff gives you. An arterial line. Maybe we could share some tips that work for at least one person with the hope of encouraging people to share theirs. This post is from […]
When I’m not working in the emergency department, playing with my children or doing DFTB ‘stuff’ I work for the state retrieval service. As the name Adult Retrieval Victoria implies I spend my time moving and coordinating the movement of critically ill or injured adults around the state. There is a dearth of retrieval textbooks…
So you’re out there somewhere and you really want to do a thing you think might help but you don’t have your standard kit. Can you adopt the lessons of Richard Dean Anderson and improvise? Mel Brown has you covered. Okay, so I am guessing from the title of this post you have a good idea […]
It’s time for another post on everyone’s favourite drug: ketamine! Hooray! Ok, so this is not entirely about ketamine, but ketamine does come into it. AV paramedics have recently received training to administer IM ketamine to agitated patients as part of a greater focus on paramedic safety when managing these situations(MICA paramedics have had ketamine for […]
Editors note : I find it surprising given the Australian research published on acute behavioural disturbance and updated guidelines in Queensland and NSW recently, that droperidol is not included in these latest Victorian Ambulance protocols. Why it has not replaced midazolam given its superior safety profile in the research, is baffling. And when its written that mild – moderate agitation can be managed with “a little midazolam”, I would suggest an oral agent is likely just as effective in this situation than a needle.