OVERVIEW OF ANAPHYLAXIS Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction that has life-endangering effects on the circulatory and respiratory systems. Anaphylaxis is an almost immediate, rapidly progressive multi-system allergic reaction to a foreign protein injected into the body by stinging and biting insects, snakes, and sea creatures […]
Compartment syndrome is a serious condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment and can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow. It can be caused by fractures, crush injury, burns or other trauma or repetitive activities, such as running. […]
How far must one fall to have a mechanism for spine injury? We don’t know. It depends on the height of the fall, how you land, the surface on which you land, your age and other factors. As a guideline, the WFA and WFR Scope […]
In the case of embedded objects or penetrating eye injury, the common advice has always been to bandage both the injured AND the uninjured eye. The rationale was conjugate gaze; if one eye moves, so does the other (we can’t move each eye independently like […]
As an additional side note, pressure points are also no longer part of the American Red Cross, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Tactical Combat Casualty curriculum, or the National Registry of EMT Skills Sheets.
The Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support and Tactical Combat Casualty Curriculum is now recommending taping chest wound seals on all (4) sides. The goal is to seal the hole completely and quickly. The concept of a one-way valve from a dressing taped on 3 sides doesn’t […]
We no longer advise people to apply a small piece of crushed Aspirin to “cauterize” an exposed pulp and dull the nerve pain. This is incredibly painful and likely not to work, indeed, it may worsen the problem or chemically burn the oral tissue. We […]