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ECG Quiz 6


Ok guys, we have added a real world ECG.  What do you think is happening here? What, if anything, would the patient be presenting with?
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White coat or yellow jacket syndrome


For years we have known about the effects of white coat syndrome, whereby some patients would experience increased blood pressure when  visiting their doctor. They may also feel anxious and uneasy.  As pre-hospital practitioner's are generally better known for their yellow and green jackets is this something that you have experienced in the course of your work?   If it is something you have experienced: What makes you think that your presence is making the person anxious? Are their any particular cases where you are more likely to see it? What can you do to reduce the effects?   Is it a case that " laughter is the best medicine" ?  
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ECG Quiz 5


Ok, so you are handed this rhythm strip and asked to give your opinion on it.  What do you think is happening here and why?
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ECG Quiz 4


ECG Quiz of the day. So we have decided to include some scenarios with your ECG rhythm strip. Here's the situation: You are called to a casualty who generally feels unwell. The casualty is conscious. You have difficulty finding a radial pulse so you attach the monitor and record an ECG. This is what you see: What rhythm are you presented with? What is the rate? What are the possible underlying factors that could produce this rhythm? 
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Sling a thing of the past or useful bit of kit?

arm sling

We would like your opinion on this question! As I am sure you are aware, anybody who has ever completed a first aid course will have been taught how to apply a sling using a triangular bandage.  My question is this; Are slings still as relevant/useful today as they once were? Points to consider: 1. The casualty will usually place an injured arm in the most comfortable position for themselves. 2. Putting the arm in a sling will require additional movement from the position the arm is now in. Usually movement = pain!  3. Not considering remote rescue situations, does the sling offer any advantages over manual support given that generally, a hospital is relatively close by.  4. Would you have the confidence to apply a sling with only a basic first aid course done? Let us know your own thought's below!
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