LifeCare personnel will be training in a new device that has shown in trials to improve the survival rate in adult patients with non-traumatic cardiac arrest. An increase of 49 % survival as compared to conventional CPR – that is a big number. The neurological intact survival of these patients increased by 50% at one year; another important statistic. The system consists of “The combination of the ResQPUMP and ResQPOD works by lowering pressures inside the chest with each decompression. This negative intrathoracic pressure pulls more venous blood back to the heart from the brain and the rest of the body, which in turn increases the refilling of the heart”. This is a very interesting and important addition to our arsenal of adjuncts to be used to better care for our patients. Happy training !
The CDC released the result of a long term study on Traumatic Brain Injury. 1.7 million Americans are seen in the ED, hospitalized or died due to TBI. A TBI “is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head”. TBI may cause “short or long-term consequences that affect thinking, perception, language or emotions and these consequences may not be readily apparent”. And it will be no surprise that the young and the old are those most affected by TBI. As medics, this is an emergency that we will deal with often whether at the time of the injury or in the aftermath days, weeks or years later. The NFL has been forced to confront the after-effects of brain injury received over years of playing “the game”. The Armed Forces are another area which has experienced a huge up-tick in combat related TMI. So add TBI to the long list of medical conditions that deserve more study and more aggressive treatment.
So calling all EMTs that need to renew their certification; next week is the EMT Refresher at LifeCare EMS Training Academy. This is one of those classes that is scheduled on an as needed basis. There is always one refresher class per year but that may be adjusted if we have need for another. So, catch this one or take your chances on availability. Call Sara and to sign up.