Weekly Link Post 8/15/15

I’m a little late on posting this weeks links for interesting articles I’ve read, but if you’re off of work this can be an excellent opportunity to read some very good writing. Each of these articles brings with it a very unique take on a subject and they are all worth the few minutes they take to read. Hope you enjoy.

EMSWorld – Busting Trauma Myths

We all know some of these trauma myths, we all may have followed them at one point or another. Some of us still have to follow them due to protocol. This is a great article with tons of references for those wanting to delve deeper into a specific issue.

Medic Madness – How to not be that medic in 12 easy steps

Humorous but very honest and completely true. I find it hard to stomach that probably “that medic” is the only one that won’t be reading this post.

USA Today – Cities put nurse practitioners alongside paramedics

The growing problem of ER congestion for complaints that do not deserve to be there is causing EMS services with hospitals to come up with interesting solutions. This pilot program in Anaheim, California is aimed at reducing these problems and could be a catalyst for other changes around the country.

CNN – How doctors want to die

Zocalo – How Doctors Die

These last two links are on two articles describing how doctors are usually choosing no extraordinary measures in the case of their death. I found both articles very interesting and decided to casually ask around the station what most medics would prefer. I was amazed, though I shouldn’t have been, that most would immediately say DNR. Some would put in the stipulation that if it was a reversible cause that was easily identifiable to go ahead and try to save them, but if it was something like a stroke, heart attack or massive trauma that lead to immediate death then they did not want CPR or intubation done. Some of the reasons were just how vicious CPR is, how resuscitation attempts do involve a lot of trauma on a patient. A different reason that came to light was that there is a slim chance that the body will be saved, but the patient will become completely bedridden. This was very high on the list as to why they would not want to be brought back. The thought of being a permanent patient for the rest of their lives is horrifying.

What are your thoughts? Would you want everything to be done on you to bring you back from the dead? What if you were brought back but were now completely paralyzed and would never be able to move freely again?

I hope you found some of these posts interesting and informative. As always if you have any questions or want to share one of your posts feel free to send me message. Until next time stay safe out there.

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