Archive - May 2017 - Blog entry

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May 25th

Patient Care, Advocacy Are Powerful Bedfellows

Published first on EMS1

Jimmy Kimmel's story reminds us of the breadth of EMS' commitment to our patients

As a mom and an EMT with a similar story, I was touched by Jimmy Kimmel's emotional monologue about his newborn son Billy. With more than 10 million YouTube views, it’s a critical reminder of two underlying messages.

Monophasic vs. Biphasic Defibrillators

I was recently studying this article covering monophasic vs. biphasic technology in AED units and was struck by a few interesting points:

1) First defib type shock that saved a life took place all the way back in the 1940's and used metal spoons!
2) The biphasic tech allows for significantly less shock (joules) to be used in treatment do to the waveform.
3) The lower-level of required shock is what has allowed for the size of AEDs to shrink.
4) Multiple biphasic waveforms exist and are used by different manufacturers (per this article),

May 13th

First time entry sca survivor

I experienced sca on April 1st, 2017 (not a great April's fool). I am type 2 diabetic . I suffered from a reaction to Metformin compounded by pneumonia that caused me to be dehydrated. After renal failure at home, cardiac arrest came next. Fortunately I was already in the ER and had an excellent team looking out for me.My physical recovery has been good. My vital numbers are stabilized. However, I am experiencing issues with short time memory and other cognitive issues. Any advice on mind exercises is appreciated. I will try to share my experiences here.

May 2nd

Wow, that scared me

Hello,
As mentioned in the my last post my cardiac arrest happened on Dec 11, 2011. I do not recall what if any feeling or sensation I had so, in a previous post, I asked if anyone cold tell me what if any feelings had been experienced when your cardiac arrest happened; hoping to be well informed.

Well, I have news... On April 20th, I had a near cardiac arrest. I have an ICD and after about 11 seconds it corrected my ventricular fibrillation and just seconds before the defibrillator would have shocked me. I know this because my bedside device (Merlin) alerted my doctor who called me to come into the office. He printed out the ekg of that evening and I saw where the ICD began the correction program and was charging to possibly give me a shock. I was only seconds away from that shock. Thank God, the ICD worked.

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