Friday, April 29, 2016

EMT keypoints of respitory distress

How may respitory distress key points can you remember? Here is a refresher to remind you of some important information at a scene.

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of respitory emergencies. Complete a thorough assessment, and provide immediate intervention.

A patient who was initially breathing adequately may deteriorate to a point where breathing is inadequate and insufficient to sustain life.

The EMT must remain acutely aware of a patients idiosyncrasies at the extremes of age. This being pediatric patients and geriatric patients.

Because respiratory distress can rapidly deteriorate into respiratory failure prompt intervention and transport is critical for the infant or child. Same rules apply for geriatric patients.

An agitated or confused facial expression may indicate inadequate breathing, hypoxia, or hypercarbia.

Because a patient with difficulty in breathing is considered a priority patient, consider advance life support back up and expeditious transport.

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