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Precordial Thump

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According to the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines: T he precordial thump should not be used for unwitnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (Class III, LOE C). The precordial thump may be considered for patients with witnessed, monitored, unstable ventricular tachycardia including pulseless VT if a defibrillator is not immediately ready for use (Class IIb, LOE C), but it should not delay CPR and shock delivery. There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of the precordial thump for witnessed onset of asystole. !   Given that the American Heart Association give no direction, is this something you would consider before the arrival of an AED?
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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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