Category Archives: Orthopedics

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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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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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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To Board or Not to Board

June 29, 2015 Probably one of the most controversial changes to medical care both in OEC and EMS in general over the last few years is clearing the spine. I am going to discuss why and how it affects our … Continue reading

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Fractures Revisited

August 4, 2014 As we near our annual refresher, let’s take a look again at fractures. As I’m sure that all of you have already read and completed Case number 2 from our refresher guide 😉 This medical Monday should … Continue reading

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Break A Leg

June 30, 2014 For this week’s Medical Monday, let’s break some stuff, or rather fix stuff that others have broken. When splinting any fracture it’s best to remember your basic anatomy and common sense. We all know that limbs do … Continue reading

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