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Emergency medicine has focused on the perfusion of the tissues for the past 40 years. Great emphasis is placed on excellent CPR as we move into the new millennium. Push hard and push fast has taken the medical community by storm to say the least. Providing high quality emergency resuscitation care will ensure adequate tissue perfusion. Reversing metabolic acidosis is paramount to restoring circulation to the tissues and preventing cellular death. With poor circulation there is an inevitable outcome. The patient will cease to recover from the cardiac arrest as well as leave the hospital without neurological deficits.

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Providing an adequate amount of volume will increase the pre-load which in return will elevate the osmotic gradient. By increasing the return of blood to the heart, there is hope that the Brain will receive an adequate amount of oxygenation. Ventilation with a bag valve mask will help to increase inner thoracic pressure to aid in internal gas exchange. Cellular death will ensue if high tertiary level of care is not implemented in a timely manner. Therefore, adequate tissue perfusion is absolutely necessary for successful  resuscitation.

Combitube

by jeff

With the new standards in the healthcare provider CPR, I believe intubation will begin to take a backseat to the Combitube. The Combitube is considered a blind insertion airway device. You place the tube once in the posterior pharynx and choose port number one. If placed properly, you should see rise and fall of the chest with proper ventilation. However, if there is no rise and fall of the chest, go to port number two and ventilate with a bag valve mask. You will see rise and fall of the chest. The airway device is designed to work in the trachea as well as the esophagus. Medical professionals will require approximately 4 hours of continuing education in order to use this airway device properly. The Atlanta Medical Academy trains medical professionals in the proper use of many airway devices.

 

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New CPR Course

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Cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest is defined as the termination of normal circulation of the blood. This is generally caused by the failure of the heart to efficiently contract. This can be caused by several different factors. Some can be trauma and any medical related issue, some causes can be genetics. Cardiac arrest is sometimes confused with a heart attack. A heart attack can be a cause of cardiac arrest. Just remember that cardiac arrest pertains to the electrical system of the body and a heart attack is mainly dealing with the mechanical aspects of the body.

What makes cardiac arrest so dangerous is that all of the blood supply to your organs and tissues of the body are cut off. Organs and tissue begin to die after a certain length of time without oxygen. And being that blood flow is the transportation for oxygen, it will not reach the designated areas unless something is done to correct the cardiac arrest, such as CPR (Cardio pulmonary recessitation). After four minutes the brain tissues start to die, so time is of the essence. Even if the heart starts pumping again, there is a chance that the person may have suffered a type of permanent brain damage.

Cardiac arrest sometimes will give warning signs that it is coming on, such as changes in breathing, lack of circulation, and becoming unconscious. Of course these can all be symptoms of other conditions as well. This is why it is important to seek medical attention whenever any sign or symptom arises. With quick actions a cardiac arrest can at time be irreversible. With no intervention at all death is almost a certainty.

Prevention of a cardiac arrest is not always possible. However there are steps you can take that will help to decrease the risk of cardiac arrest. Such things as lifestyle changes as in changing your diet, exercise regularly, and stop smoking. Other methods can be blood pressure control, lowering your cholesterol, and certain medications prescribed by your doctor. By applying these methods you are not guaranteed not to go into cardiac arrest but however you are less susceptible than those not adhering to these prevention methods.

After a person suffers a cardiac arrest, they may be changed forever. In that of some sort of long term complication as a result of a lengthy time with no oxygen. Medications may be prescribed by a doctor to take for a certain length of time or even a life time. Whatever measures are taken to live a normal life after a cardiac arrest, it is very important to keep regular check ups with your doctor and make the much needed lifestyle changes.

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Bronchitis in children usually occurs after a cold and is characterized by a dry cough and typically lasts about 4-6 weeks.  If you are a health care professional providing treatment to the pediatric population, consider taking a PALS certification that will increase your knowledge about respiratory emergencies and how to approach these emergency situations and provide a healthier outcome.

Bronchitis is not contagious.  Some children will require antibiotics, steroids or neutralizer treatments.  To help a child with bronchitis breathe better, you may use a humidifier at night time and keep the child away from cigarette smoke.  Provide an atmosphere without any irritants such as perfumes, sprays of any kind or extreme hot or cold temperatures.  If at any time a child has any difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately.  The paramedics have taken a PALS course and have been certified in providing emergency treatment to the pediatric population.



saving lives

by jeff

Today more than ever there are medical shows on television that are actual people that are severely ill, injured and have died.  CPR is cardio (heart), pulmonary (lungs), resuscitation (restoring to previous condition).  CPR is not just for medical professionals anymore.  The medical community would be thrilled to know that people are taking interest in learning this simple life saving technique.  A CPR class offers valuable information and instructions on the correct techniques that are needed when a person’s heart has stopped and they are no longer able to breath on their own.

It may be the neighbor across the street, a spouse, a child or infant.  No one ever knows what they will be faced with, and the worst thing is an with an emergency where a life is in jeopardy and you are helpless in providing life saving measures until emergency medical assistance arrives. Time is of the essence in an emergency.  Consider a CPR class today and make a difference in a person’s life as well as your own.

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