Archive for October, 2013

Paramedic in training attacked.

A paramedic in training was attacked by a man with a baseball bat. He ha suffered a skull fracture. This happened in Leyland, Lancashire UK but as we all know it can happen anywhere. I hope he is doing better and wish him a quick recovery.

Here’s a link to the story: http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/trainee-paramedic-attacked-1-6145514

A little on anaphylaxis

I have always been adamant about prompt and aggressive anaphylaxis treatment. I believe it started when one patient was crashing right in front of my eyes and initially we were more concerned about trauma than his allergic reaction. You see we were called out to the scene of a man who dove into a shallow drainage canal and had a head injury. No one bothered to tell us he dove into the water because he was being chased by hundreds of bees and was stung repeatedly prior to jumping and knocking himself unconscious. Once we started to see different signs and symptoms and someone finally got word to us about what started everything we realized we were not only dealing with the trauma but a severe anaphylactic reaction. 

JEMS recently posted a short article on anaphylaxis and what some of the new treatments should be. The link to the article is here:  http://www.jems.com/article/features/critical-updates-assessment-management-a and I highly recommend it. 

The fact that some anaphylactic emergencies will not present with hives or edema has always been a cause of concern for me. I have hopefully not missed any anaphylactic patients thinking I was dealing with something else. Keeping in mind that we should always be open to the possibility of anaphylaxis with any patient in cardiovascular collapse is brilliant. 

Giveaway

I am constantly surprised so many people have stuck around my little EMS blog for so long. I remember when I had 20 followers on my blogs combined. I really feel that most of the interactions I have with people help me out as much as I help out others. Thank you all for that.

I have been wanting to have a small giveaway for both my Tumblr and WordPress blogs. I was wondering if any of you have done anything like this and if you have any tips or ideas. I’m not too sure what the rules are for mailing items over seas so I’m not sure if I could do that. I want this first giveaway to be mainly for the people that have been following my little blog the longest but have no idea how to see that or what I should do to make it fair.

Any info would be great. Obviously you can send in an ask with any info or my email is ouremssite@gmail.com

Thanks you guys.