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— Oliver Wendell Holmes

TikTok Toxicology

Since its North American debut in 2018, TikTok has dominated the teenage social media market. In 2022, a survey reported that 67% of American teenagers have used TikTok and 16% report use multiple times a day.[1] With its 60 to 120 second videos, TikTok allows users to record and upload video clips on almost any…

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The Fallacy of “GCS <8 Intubate” and the Decision to Intubate

“GCS is less than 8 means you intubate.” This is a gross over-simplification of the most difficult aspect of airway management: The decision to take over and manage a patient’s airway. Not to mention it incorrectly orients clinicians only to consider airway management in those that meet that GCS threshold, despite it being well established…

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The 3P’s of Airway Management

Introduction It is not enough to merely be able to intubate; that is, perform the physical skill of instrumenting the airway and placing an endotracheal tube. Too often, prehospital and emergency clinicians find themselves in situations where mere intubation is not necessarily the most effective and important intervention being performed, and by ignoring the possibility…

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Do We Understand Oxygenation?

The Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve can be confusing… However, it’s essential to understand oxygen physiology in critical care. Think of it as a “Manual for Dating.” In a healthy relationship, you have a good date, and really like that person, but don’t mind dropping them off after an evening out because you know you’ll see them again.…

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EDS in the ED

Overview A 27-year-old woman arrived at the emergency room late at night, her face crumpled in pain. She reported feeling sick this morning and vomiting, but that didn’t strike her as unusual as her young children have had stomach flu the last few days. Since then, she has had severe and acute neck and head…

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Alternative uses of EtCO2 in the pre-hospital and critical care settings

End-tidal capnography in clinical practice originated in the field of anesthesia around the 1950s but has also become established in the pre-hospital setting. EMS providers commonly use end-tidal CO2 values as an adjunct to cardiac arrest and airway management. Continuing to learn about end-tidal CO2 is critical because this device is easily applied, readily available,…

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What It Takes to Become a Certified Flight Nurse

A flight nurse is a registered nurse with the training and experience to provide critical care in transport environments. This can be either rotor (helicopter) or fixed-wing, typically working alongside other medical providers such as paramedics, other nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, or physicians; they’re essential for providing top-level patient care when it matters most!

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How To Become a Certified Flight Paramedic

Flight Paramedic Career Overview Helicopter EMS (HEMS), also known as air ambulance services, are critical in saving lives. Air medical transport teams have to have the right experience, skills, and training. A certified flight paramedic is a professional in pre-hospital, critical care, and emergency healthcare. If you’re ready to take your career in this direction,…

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