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Elite Launch, 13 months later

We have been live on ImageTrend Elite for 408 days.  We have been through 3 methods of transmitting 12-leads and generated 46,544 reports (76 of those reports are mine).  that’s an average of 114 reports per day, around 3,400 reports per month.  Challenges aside, we have done well and...

LVAD-What is it?

We have numerous patients with an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) that live in our city/region.  More and more patients are receiving one as a bridge to transplant or destination therapy.  As you can imagine, the bridge is temporary until they can get a heart transplant.  For those that...

Diabetic Patients with Low Blood Glucose-Should They Refuse?

There is no perfect yes/no answer to this question.  Each patient and event has specific circumstances that will lead you to the best answer. Patients with low blood glucose (less than 60 mg/dL) require treatment of some sort.  This might include food, orange juice, oral glucose, glucagon or dextrose. ...

Cardiac Arrest Medications-Epinephrine is First!

When dealing with our protocols, you blend them together as much as needed and always use the Airway and ventilation protocol initially.  For patients in cardiac arrest, you should use the cardiac arrest protocol as the primary one and incorporate the others as you have time and personnel.  Our...

Hospice Patients-How to Help

I am responding to a hospice patient. I heard that if we transport them to the hospital, it nullifies their hospice contract.  Is this correct? No.  The best thing to do when dispatched to a patient receiving hospice care is to determine what the family and patient needs are. ...

Mandated Reporter Information-Child and Adult

I know that I am considered a mandated reporter for suspected adult and child abuse but what does that mean? Can I just call an EMS supervisor or tell the hospital and let them know about the situation? No, you must make the phone call to APS or CPS...