Monthly Archives: July 2015

Pump It Up!

Let’s put some pressure on the situation . . . Pump it up! As the heart pumps it pushes blood through the vasculature to be able to bring vital oxygen and nutrients to each cell in our body. We’ve discussed … Continue reading

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Trauma’s Deadly Triad

July 20, 2015 Trauma is defined as an outside force acting on the body causing injury. As EMT’s and patrollers we see trauma frequently, whether through a crash on a ski hill, a significant fall or automobile injury. Trauma can … Continue reading

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Should Traction be Tossed?

July 13, 2015 Years ago, while taking my EMT-Intermediate class, we spent many hours on the application of MAST trousers (Medical Anti-Shock Trousers). We would apply these pants to patients that were severely hypotensive and, by providing circumferential pressure to … Continue reading

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Do C-Collars Help or Hurt?

July 6, 2015 Last week we discussed criteria to prevent unnecessary immobilization, this week we’ll take it a step further. A reader of the Medical Monday (Sheri) had suggested that I read an article for JEMS Magazine (January 26, 2015) … Continue reading

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