Author Archives: SWORBHP

Question: In regards to the new BLS 3.0.1 under the paramedic prompt card for acute stroke protocol contraindications, it clearly states CTAS 2 and/or uncorrected airway, breathing or circulatory problem. My question in regards to this contraindication is does this automatically make a patient a CTAS level 1 when they are presenting with all signs and symptoms of a stroke and meet stroke protocol or does this mean that any other issues (i.e. chest pain making them a CTAS 2) puts them out of stroke protocol?

Question: I’m a recent graduate from the paramedic program and was wondering if I can get some feedback regarding the hypoglycemia treatment. The new protocol that came into play that now includes D10, I was curious what the reasoning was for choosing D10 over D50? Is there anything specific separating the 2 options of treatment?

Question: Case - Adult patient experiencing an asthma attack. Wheezing in all fields (air entry in all fields) and tachypnea. Historically, we've been taught to administer Epi in cases of 'silent chest', absent air entry in any fields or patient requiring BVM ventilation. The BVM ventilation has always been associated with diminished air entry/silent chest, but not really with hyperventilation. The old BLS stated to assist with BVM ventilation in any patient with a RR>28. Does this mean that if the patient has RR>28, therefore requiring BVM ventilation, he/she SHOULD receive Epi even if there is air entry (albeit wheezing) in all fields?

Question: With the recent training surrounding hemorrhage control will we potentially see TXA administration added to our medical directives? Also wondering if you see pelvic binding brought into our skill set in the future?

Question: Can ACPs use xylometazoline nasal spray to aid in the treatment of epistaxis? It seems to be the go to start to treatment in the Emergency Department, why not get started prehospital?

Question: In relation to the Adult Analgesia directive, one of the indications is "acute musculoskeletal back strain", does this include injuries such herniated discs, radiculopathies etc.?

Question: As per the ALS PCS, why is there a deliberate gap between normotension and hypotension?

Question: I was looking through Ask MAC and there are a few questions pertaining to cardiac arrest and shocks or no shocks of other responders. Are Paramedics are to include shocks delivered by the Fire Department prior to arrival in their treatment of a VSA patient?

My understanding from teachings in 2014/2015 is that if Fire delivered shocks we could count what they did. If they did not, we did not count their no shocks and conducted our own working towards the medical TOR which is also covered in the Summary of Changes document.

The question on ASK MAC seems to say if we trust the responders we can count everything I was hoping for a clarification that can be searched when the question comes up again.

Question: The Opioid Medical Directive allows for Naloxone to be administered 0.8mg SC/IM/IN and 0.4mg IV. The IV route allows the paramedic to titrate to restore the patient's respiratory status. Can this titration also be applied to the SC/IM/IN?

Question: A couple questions with regards to D10. We have used D10 a few times now to treat hypoglycemia and have noticed some issues. It seems that for anyone with a BLG that is very low (say less than 2.0 for argument sake) the max dose of 10g will not get them over 4.0 mmol/L. Is there plans in the future to increase the dose? Perhaps something like if the patient is < 2.0 mmol/L then a 20g max or 4ml/kg loading dose followed by a 10g or 2ml/kg maintenance dose if necessary?

Second, with regards to Buretrol administration of D10, the process is very slow. Both the setup of the Buretrol and the infusion take quite a bit of time obviously more so if a second dose is required. Is there any reason a 60ml syringe can't be used (draw up and push 60cc and follow up with 40cc) as a push administration instead of the Buretrol? For most situations the slow drip is okay but in the case of an agitated or aggressive patient the quicker option would be nice. I realize the benefits of D10 over D50 in not sky rocketing BGL but the way it is laid out now seems that we have gone too far the other way in not raising BGL enough.

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