The Power of Social Media and FOAM

I was just given a fantastic reminder of just how excellent social media can be for those of us in the medical fields.  That’s right, it’s not just for drunken rambling or posting photos of your lunch/cat/alcohol/genitals…

I was browsing twitter when I came across the following tweet

Clicking through to the article I found that the first part of the article referred to Victorian Paramedics “failing” diabetics due to gaps in our training…. What the?!

Being somewhat taken aback at this, but being unable to get the full text, I put the call out on Twitter:

Within minutes I was inundated with help:

How freaking cool is that?! This, if you are not already on Twitter, is why you jolly well should be!

In the end the article is a bit odd, the actual abstract is about patient education, not really about paramedics at all. Any “paramedic failings” that may relate are in fact systems “failings” with not having the ability to check ketones in hyperglycaemic patients. That said, I can’t see things changing in metropolitan Melbourne any time soon and unless someone has some compelling data, I can’t see that outcomes would be significantly effected anyway.

Nevertheless…. Social Media and FOAM is bloody excellent! Get on it!

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5 Responses to The Power of Social Media and FOAM

  1. Cannulator says:

    Well all we need is the compatible Ketone strips? To think blind fast acting insulin administration is the solution is naive. Diabetics on insulin are usually multi system types in hyperglycaemia/ Ketoacidosis and anyone in the ED arena knows it’s more than insulin they often need.

    I think Vic Paramedics manage diabetics well. There is certainly scope for Ketone testing as the current machines are compatible with strips, however, good ED workup after prehospital hydration might be all we can offer sensibly

  2. rfdsdoc says:

    Reblogged this on PHARM.

  3. The problem here is The Press

    Not the excellent Paramedics

  4. What Cannulator said. As paramedics we’re able to give a fluid bolus to help treat the dehydration but it would be lunacy to start dishing out insulin without knowing the state of the patient’s electrolytes. And if they’ve been ketoacidotic for several days, twenty minutes will make precisely no difference.

  5. Andrew Reid says:

    The unfortunate thing here is the attention grabbing headline that misrepresents a piece of research that draws no such conclusions. The assertion that this is THE big challenge facing Victorian paramedics is a bit of a laugh, too.

    So, meanwhile, back in reality, paramedics the world over will probably continue to treat hyperglycaemic patients in the same professional and appropriate manner as they have before. And I’ll sleep perfectly well, secure in the knowledge that I’m not killing and maiming thousands of hyperglycaemic patients!

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