Date Archives: 06-April-2021

When working as a first response while covid vaccines are being administered in LTC facilities, are all severe reactions to be considered under the anaphylaxis protocol and be given epi and benadryl as per our current protocol?

I have two questions with regards to the Bronchoconstriction Medical Directive, under the current (February 22nd, 2021) Considerations for Paramedics Managing Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 1) Are we still only administering IM epinephrine to patients who require BVM ventilations? 2) Are we only administering IM epinephrine under this medical directive to patients presenting with a cough? It was previously stated in the January 4th, 2021 update that: "Paramedics should consider administering IM epinephrine for severe respiratory distress with cough in known asthma patients..." I understand that the top of the new memo states: " This memo replaces both the May 6th, 2020 and the January 4th, 2021 considerations documents and memos." Just looking for some clarification on the current practice please. Thank you.

Since COVID supraglottic airways are highly recommended to be placed in a VSA patient prior to CPR. Is this for medical VSAs or does this apply to traumatic as well?