Category Archives: Assessment

What’s Your Problem?

One of the more difficult problems in pre-hospital medicine is to determine what the problem exactly is without high-priced diagnostic equipment or labs. I had written in the past of the methods that a doctor uses to create a diagnosis … Continue reading

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What’s that For?

Over the years, pre-hospital care has grown. We’ve moved away from some equipment, and have relegated other to dark corners of cabinets. Patient care is constantly changing. Some of this equipment has been shown to be ineffective, while other inventions … Continue reading

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What’s That Sound?

Before I start this week, I want to apologize. As much as I want to produce a weekly article for Medical Monday, life sometimes gets in the way. I have been working on my Senior status for the Ski Patrol … Continue reading

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Hello! McFly!

We’ve all had patients that seem to be with us, but happen to be a few crayons short of the box of 64. Perhaps their lights seem to be off. How can we assess thoroughly someone’s neurological function? Trauma, stroke, electrolyte … Continue reading

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Is It Real?

When practicing, learning or testing it’s important that we try to make our injuries or illnesses as realistic as possible. A simple piece of tape that says “wound here” will not help prepare the prehospital provider with an understanding of … Continue reading

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Can’t Touch ‘Dis

Mark Twain once said that the proper method of raising children was to, at 12, stick them in a pickle barrel and feed them through the hole. At 14 cork the hole and walk away. I’m sure that there are … Continue reading

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MacGyver Medicine

His mind is the ultimate weapon . . . So is yours! This tagline from the MacGyver television show sums up a lot of how we as medical providers should look at our abilities. The tools needed to care for … Continue reading

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Diagnose Like a Doctor

What’s your problem? Really. . . When we work with our patients, before we can really fix their problem we need to figure out what the real complaint is and where it’s true cause. This can be difficult when we … Continue reading

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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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OPQRST

June 9, 2014 For our next Medical Monday, let’s look at OPQRST! When we took our OEC Class, this mnemonic device was taught as independent of the S.A.M.P.L.E. patient history. It would be better to consider it as a way … Continue reading

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