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Tourniquets have a checkered history past and current combat in the SW Asian theaters has drawn new attention to them. Continue reading
A medical advisor can and should be an integral part of your risk management team, not just the person who writes prescriptions for epinephrine. Functions could include review and advice on policies that have to do with safety, medical management … Continue reading
Femur fractures are serious injuries that usually occur as the result of significant forces. A full assessment, focusing on critical system problems and their stabilization is the crucial first step.
Effective stabilization of femur injuries will help alleviate pain and decrease the possibility of complications. I believe that either a vacuum splint or good padding in a stable carrying device does a good job of providing both.
Although there is no literature supporting their efficacy in the prehospital setting, a commercial traction splint can be a useful tool when applied by a skilled practitioner who receives periodic training on a particular device and/or uses it during rescues or EMS calls. They should not be left on for a prolonged period of time (e.g., greater than 2 hours) unless limb neurovascular integrity and splint tension can be monitored properly and regularly.
Regardless, these are painful injuries. All require the administration of analgesics. Continue reading
Creating protocols for administering epinephrine in vials and things to consider. Continue reading
Dr. Johnson’s thoughts on using pulse oximeters to diagnose High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Continue reading
If you heard about the man who survived a cardiac arrest by receiving 96 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you might be wondering how I feel now about our position on when to discontinue CPR. Continue reading
In the wilderness or remote setting, stop resuscitation if there is no pulse after performing 30 minutes of continuous CPR. Continue reading
Q: Can a group of field researchers trained in basic first aid be permitted to have an epipen in a first aid kit?
Q: Can a group of field researchers, certified in basic first aid, be allowed to have an epipen in a first aid kit at the location. There are no individuals with known allergies or prescription for epipen, but they will be in a remote location (2-6 hrs from emergency medical services. Continue reading
Q: What do you think about the King Airway and do you think Wilderness First Responders could/should be certified to use them?
Could/should Wilderness First Responders be certified to use the King Airway? Could be, yes; should be, no. The limited time available in a WFR course are better spent on more relevant and practical topics and skills. Continue reading
Q: Do you have suggestions on using case studies to continually refresh our Wilderness First Responder skills?
Suggestions on how to use case studies to continually refresh your WFR skills in-house. Continue reading