Anyone who follows #FOAMed on Twitter will have noticed that there has been a bit of a melt-down when it comes to Therapeutic Hypothermia (TH) for Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest (OOHCA) in the last day or so. So what is getting everyone hot under the collar?
Sorry to carry on about this, but I can’t help myself…
The other night SBS television in Australia aired a special on stroke (found online here) It brought together some stroke survivors, neurologists, emergency doctors and so on to discuss stroke and stroke treatment. Of course the issue of tPA for stroke reared it’s ugly head again and it is clear that the debate over this has not been settled. Continue reading →
Here is another guest post by my colleague James. This is an excellent piece on the importance of approaching scenarios in a cohesive, standardised manner that still allows some flexibility. Emergency medicine is actually based on some pretty simple concepts as James discusses.
As an ALS clinical instructor who also dabbles in teaching at university, the one single concept I harangue all my students with is the idea of having a good clinical approach. Teaching many students in one form or another has shown me that this is the single most useful thing that anyone can learn in paramedicine. Unfortunately it’s one of the most unevenly applied and its importance is poorly understood. So today I want to try to get across why it’s critical that the student paramedic gets this straight in their head.
Here is a fantastic piece by Dr Andrew Tagg over at the PHARM about “Keeping up Appearances” Really though it is about professionalism and caring in emergency medicine, and it is absolutely relevant to all paramedics.
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