Author Archives: Robbie (@AmboFOAM)

Talk less, listen more, drop the attitude

Sometimes I just have to scratch the itch and have a rant.  This time the itch is a recurrent one, about radio communication.

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A better bridge?

Head on over to Emcrit to read Rory Spiegel’s take on mechanical CPR.  I’m fairly sure Rory has been reading the sporadic ranting of a certain paramedic on this topic, hence his brilliant, insightful work.  I’ll let him have his moment … Continue reading

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Seriously, just Kalm Down!

Following on from my previous post on managing the agitated patient…

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Just Kalm Down!

It’s time for another post on everyone’s favourite drug: ketamine!  Hooray! Ok, so this is not entirely about ketamine, but ketamine does come into it.  AV paramedics have recently received training to administer IM ketamine to agitated patients as part … Continue reading

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Not cool man, not cool.

Just when I thought I knew what I was doing…along comes a study to prove me wrong.

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Wheels rolling for exciting advance in stroke therapy?

Happy New Year, and welcome back to the sporadic blog known as AmboFOAM.  I thought I would start the year on a positive note, and what better way than by looking at one of the new initiatives happening here in … Continue reading

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Smile! You’re on Candid Camera.

As many of you will know, there have been significant changes to Ambulance Victoria in recent years. We have a new board, a new CEO, and arguably a new lease on life. I am excited by the changes, and I … Continue reading

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Swimming against the mCPR tide…

I like it when people agree with me.  Most people do.  Sadly, I sometimes don’t have a lot of luck on that front, especially when it comes to mechanical CPR (mCPR), or when I suggest to my wife that we … Continue reading

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Avoid SMACCRegret!

DasSMACC is coming!  From June 26-29th, an all new, revamped, reimagined, and reinvigorated SMACC will be touching down in Berlin. There were some dramas with the last ticket release, but an upgraded system means this time you should have more luck … Continue reading

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Esmolol for Refractory VFib

Originally posted on The PharmERToxGuy:
Up until two years ago, beta blocker use for refractory ventricular fibrillation (VFib) had only been studied in animal models with sporadic human case reports. Two studies in humans have now been published and may…

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