Ignorance is Bliss?

We arrived on scene, Fire was already there with the patient.  I was informed this patient was having shortness of breath, felt dizzy and had blurred vision. Patient:  “I have Wolf Parkinson’s White Syndrome”. I’ve only ever had one patient with this syndrome before, it affects the wiring in your heart and can cause irregular … Continue reading

A Second Chance

As a paramedic, we have the opportunity to impact an individual and their family’s life everyday.  However, it’s not often we get a real save.  What do I mean by that?  I mean, finding someone dead or in medical terms, in cardiac arrest, then reviving them and giving them an opportunity to walk out of … Continue reading

Overdose

It was still early in our shift when we got called for an overdose.  We headed lights and sirens to a shady part of town, an injection site, where overdoses (ODs) were common.  Dispatch updates us that it’s a possible GHB OD. GHB huh…GHB stands for Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid.  It can be used as a general … Continue reading

Sudden Death Punch, Decorticate Posturing, Agonal Breathing

So just an update before I get to the real post: I’ve started my Emergency Medical Responder course, which is the most basic level one can work as a paramedic in BC, other provinces or countries call it EMT-B.  The course is very similar to OFA3 and AMFR, in fact I think it’s best to … Continue reading

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