Save the finger without having to damage the patient’s ring! Mike has a chat with Stacey Crump, a fellow paramedic, to try out a neat trick for getting a stuck ring off of a swollen finger without the need to cut the ring or use special tools!
A clip from ‘Inside Combat Rescue‘ showing brave military medics performing an emergency surgical cricothyrotomy mid-flight on a badly injured soldier. God bless these guys for work they do in such a hostile and dangerous environment.
Oh, now I understand why they completely immobilized this poor lad, complete with neck collar and backboard…Not because of his initial lower leg injury, but because they foresaw what was to come! From WEBZ.TV – Tragic French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered further indignity after his devastating leg injury on Saturday – Olympics staffers dropped […]
Is there a difference between freshwater and saltwater drowning? Do you die from all the inhaled water? This video is of Dr. Carlo Oller…Dr. Oller is an emergency physician with more than 10 years experience and his videos are both educational and interesting. Click here to see Dr. Oller’s YouTube page. I will definitely be […]
This older female presents with new onset palsy of the radial nerve after alcohol intake and falling asleep on the couch. The examination and management of this condition is demonstrated. (another great video from Dr Larry Mellick)
This video demonstrates how to simultaneously create an open airway and a neutral cervical spine in the young infant and child who presents as a trauma patient. This intervention prevents supine kyphosis and anterior translation of the cervical spine (S.K.A.T.).
The Pucker Sign is a rare sign associated with surgical neck fractures of the humerus. It has also been described with supracondylar fractures. I could find only 5 articles with case reports or small case series discussing this finding. It appears to be named appropriately the “Pucker Sign”. The literature suggests that these patients often […]
This video provides proof that the recommendations to use wire cutters to cut the median bar of a metal zipper that has entrapped skin is a clinical myth. It may work with plastic zippers, but not with the most common metal zippers used on clothing.
This video discusses and demonstrates how to place a hare traction splint for reduction & stabilization of femur fractures.
This video presents important educational pearls concerning needle thoracostomy in the presence of a tension pneumothorax. Dramatic video is included that demonstrates a tension pneumothorax being relieved by a needle thoracostomy. GRU EMS leadership provide their insights.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the use of the XSTAT 30—an innovative sponge-filled gunshot wound dressing device—for use in the general population. Approved last year for battlefield use, the device can plug a gunshot wound in just 15 seconds. The XSTAT Rapid Hemostasis System is an expandable, multi-sponge dressing that’s used to control severe, […]
Recently, I had the opportunity to help a local college administer and evaluate EMT practical skills final exams. The students had several stations through which they rotated. Each station had a different skill in which each student must show competency. I was assigned to test each student in spinal immobilization using c-collars and backboards. This […]