SURVIVING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER – LA County Sheriff

SURVIVING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER – LA County Sheriff   It is sad to have to post this, however, as you know, we have had many hospital shooting recently. My hospital cared enough about us to make us do a similar class. Always know your surroundings and your exits. This video is graphic but very well done. Please share and get […]

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Intro Septic Shock – Pathophysiology

Sepsis Sepsis is a serious bodywide response to bacteremia or another infection. Septic shock is life-threatening low blood pressure (shock) due to sepsis. Usually, sepsis results from certain bacterial infections, often acquired in a hospital. Having certain conditions, such as a weakened immune system, certain chronic disorders, an artificial joint or heart valve, and certain heart valve abnormalities, increases the […]

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ACLS Practice – Skills

What is ACLS Certification for Nursing? Nurses who work in critical, urgent, or emergency care units are required to be ACLS certified. Other nursing positions where cardiac-related emergencies are common, such as senior care facilities, also typically require ACLS certification. RNs and LPNs are required to be certified and familiar with ACLS protocol since they work with patients who have […]

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How to use an AED – Skills

  AED instructions. What Is an Automated External Defibrillator? An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops […]

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Viral Meningitis – Pathophysiology

Symptoms It’s easy to mistake the early signs and symptoms of meningitis for the flu (influenza). Meningitis signs and symptoms may develop over several hours or over one or two days. The signs and symptoms that may occur in anyone older than age of 2 include: Sudden high fever Severe headache that isn’t easily confused with other types of headache […]

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Aortic Dissection

  Definition An aortic dissection is a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart, tears. Blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate (dissect). If the blood-filled channel ruptures through the outside aortic wall, aortic dissection is often fatal. Aortic dissection […]

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EKG Rhythm Quiz

EKG Rhythm Quiz This is a nice 13 min video quiz with explanations.  A nice refresher.  All blocks are covered. A rhythm that I would like to include a strip of is Asystole.     So review and good luck.

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Level 1 Rapid Infuser (Skills)

Blood and Fluid Warming Systems: When a patient has significant blood loss from trauma or surgery, the Level 1 is able to provide a rapid flow of warmed blood or IV fluids. Most hospital ER’s/Trauma Bay’s/ and, or ICU’s  have this equipment in place. The Level 1 can provide rapid and warmed fluids i.e crystalloid and/or blood to patients with […]

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MONA treatment of Chest Pain /AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction)

The treatment for chest pain and AMI.  This does not show the order of treatment. It is just a quick mnemonic on the basic treatment. Remember that if the patient is having a right sided MI, the treatment will differ. In this case, we will avoid vasodilators such as Morphine, diuretics and Nitroglycerin as these may cause parasympathetic stimulation.

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