BLS-Basic Life Support. This is the level of training that EMT’s usually have.
ALS– Advanced Life Support. This is the level of training that paramedics usually have.
ALS is a higher level of training and allows the paramedics to perform more procedures and administer certain medications.
you are only allowed to release patient info when a competent patient signs a release form (not allowed to give to police or other parties–besides hospital–without competent patient signature).
generic name (for drug)- simple, clear, not capitalized. Sometimes the generic name is used more often than the trade name
trade name (for drug)-AKA brand name, given by manufacturer.
Aspirin is a generic name for a drug, and “Bayer Aspirin” or other names would be considered trade names
Ibuprofen is a generic name, Advil, Motrin, and Nurofen are trade names for the same drug.
when dropping patient off at hospital and in a rush to get to another call, only leave after giving a verbal report to nurse.
a 9 month old infant is able to places object in its mouth and pull itself upright.
If late to your shift, you will have to report and communicate with the shift officer, NOT human resources department
If caring for a patient on the ambulance and you are stuck with an IV needle by accident, report to your supervisor after the call.
If caring for a patient that has TB, put a nonrebreather mask on patient and a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air filter) mask on self
If your partner is rude to patient, this is considered unethical but still legal
RUQ-contains liver, which is highly vascular. If injured in this quadrant, internal bleeding is likely.
activated charcoal dosage – 1-2g/kg
Nitroglycerin (drug used to alleviate chest pain) should not be taken at same time as Viagra or Cialis (medications for erectile dysfunction). Patient should wait at least 48-72 hours after taking Viagra/Cialis before using Nitroglycerin.
this is because Viagra/Cialis are vasodilators. Nitroglycerin is also a vasodilator. If they are taken together, patient’s blood pressure may become too low.