Tag Archives: Trauma

Episode 3 – The Lethal Triad

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Welcome back! This week we talk about one of my favorite topics…shock. Specifically we’re going to discuss the lethal triad of shock. Sounds like a Chinese organized crime syndicate, right? Well, it might be but today we’re applying the terminology to the condition that develops after major trauma. Understanding this process will position you to […]

CotW #4: The Mysterious Swelling Dude

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This week’s case of the week is another good one. Les presents this case for your review. Just a boring ole’ allergic reaction….  Please comment below!  You make us sad when you don’t talk to us… An ALS ambulance was dispatched with a BLS fire engine to a local residence for an allergic reaction call […]

CotW #3 – “Pop Quiz Hotshot!”

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Here is the third installment of our case of the week. This week we’re going to do something different. I’ll present three patients and some pertinent info. You tell me what your differential/field diagnosis thoughts are and what treatment options you might pursue with these patients. (Yes… in the real world you would have more information at […]

Thoracic Trauma – The Killer Five

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Need to know: * Thoracic injuries carry a high degree of mortality and morbidity. * The Killer Five are immediate, life-threatening injuries requiring rapid recognition and intervention. * Tension pneumothorax, massive hemothorax, cardiac tamponade, open pneumothorax, and flail chest all may be immediately life-threatening. * Understanding etiology, assessment parameters, and interventions is critical for successful […]

Compensatory Reserve Index

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Imagine having a piece of equipment, the size of a finger SPO2 device, that can trend and predict when a shock patient will decompensate. It’s not far off. Check out compensatory reserve index. Exciting stuff. health.mil/News/Articles/2014/07/10/New-Device-Helps-Prevent-Trauma-Deaths