Hands-Only CPR – Videos

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, hands-only CPR is the recommended form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It not only increases the likelihood of surviving breathing and cardiac emergencies that occur outside of medical settings, but it’s simple to learn and easy to remember. Click ≡ to see all the videos in the series On […]

Nose Bleeding…evidence based practice

Gauze ribbons, nasal tampons and nasal balloon catheters all appear to be equally effective in controlling epistaxis, however, the nasal tampons and balloon catheters appear to be less time consuming and easier to insert.  Most patients discharged with nasal packing should follow-up with an  ENT physician within 48-72 hours to reduce potential complications. Most patients […]

Spinal stabilisation of adult trauma patients

A strong recommendation against spinal stabilisation of patients with isolated penetrating trauma; a weak recommendation against the prehospital use of a rigid cervical collar and a hard backboard for ABCDE-stable patients; and a weak recommendation for the use of a vacuum mattress for patient transportation. Finally, our group recommends the use of our clinical algorithm […]

The Sickle Cell Patient in the ED – Management of Acute Complications

Evidence-based guidelines and expert panels recommend the following in the management and treatment of pain crisis: Initiate analgesia within 30 minutes of triage. (Consensus – Panel Expertise) Employ individualized prescribing and pain monitoring protocols. (Consensus – Panel Expertise) If no contraindications, give NSAIDs as adjuvant pain therapy. (Moderate Recommendation, Low-Quality Evidence) Avoid meperidine (pethidine) (normeperidine, […]

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