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  1. Hi Kenny, the chief way cyanide antidotes work is not really centered around directly acting on cytochrome c oxidase, but rather haemoglobin; at least in the case of the traditional therapy (Nitrates + Methylene Blue). As I outlined in the video, the traditional therapy changes the oxidation state of the Iron atom in the porphyrin ring of the sub units of haemoglobin. Typically, the Iron will be in a default configuration of +2/Fe II/Ferrous. Nitrates and other substances can further oxidise the Iron into the +3/FeIII/Ferric state. For reasons that I cannot pull out of my head (I suspect it ha
  2. Good day. You are a bit off but the general reasoning in the the right direction. I will post a video that I filmed some years ago while I was in graduate school. It covers this topic, but I'd ask that you review the concepts of ferrous versus ferric Iron and ultimately, the concept of oxidation state. The Iron in Cytochrome c oxidase is in a similar configuration as haemoglobin but the enzyme dynamics dictate a narrative that is counter to the typical "blood poisoning" that sometimes surrounds a discussion of Cyanide Toxicity. I must warn you that I was grossly overweight and profoundly
  3. Dobutamine is a tricky one. Like some of the other sympathomimetics, it comes as a racemic mixture. One isomer has very mild alpha 1 agonist effects while the other isomer has mild alpha 1 antagonising effects. This means it may not reliably support blood pressure, even if it does enhance contractility. In an already hypotensive patient, dobutamine may be problematic without the concomitant use of agents that are better at supporting blood pressure.
  4. Being involved in the PCPP transition process and setting up for integrated scenario testing, I can say that the scenarios have been much more pedestrian than a massive STEMI in a car crash with Torsades. With that said, the scenarios do not need to be complex because what they require from candidates is a completely different way of thinking as opposed to the traditional trauma and medical skills stations that focus on verbalisation and "ghost" partners. One of the most significant challenges that I foresee is the fact that these scenarios are so logistically demanding, it will pu
  5. Unfortunately, my views have changed so much and I'm quite uncertain about past assertions, particularly in terms of education and experience that I don't think I have much beyond speculation to offer. Additionally, I'm just not as interested in discussing EMS related topics. I had a big shift in interests while in graduate school and while overlap exists with EMS, it's not as interesting or robust. Finally, I have hobbies away from EMS that demand much of my free time and if it's between an involved discussion on a computer or going out for a trail ride or endurance run, I'll choose the out o
  6. I thought it was worth it back in the day. Of course my motives were pretentious and derived from a "type-A personality" that wanted to be better than everyone else. When I left flying, my list of friends and colleagues was shorter and I had recurrent nightmares of crashing. To this day, I have anxiety when it comes to flying. Not sure if it was worth it in retrospect but I'm sure individual mileage will vary.
  7. Big changes are coming. As our programme transitions to this format, I would urge potential paramedic students and instructors to go through the links and take time to digest the manual. I'd also urge programme directors and instructors to sign up for one of the scenario development workshops. Spots are at a premium. https://www.nremt.org/nremt/emtservices/ppcp_info.asp
  8. Targeted temperature management in the ROSC patient is one of the bigger changes.
  9. I've read a couple of opinions and one can be referenced here: http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/01/hartmann’s-solution-and-09-saline-are-both-unsuitable-severe-dka Unfortunately, the author references many sources that do not specifically consider DKA. I will also refrain from a strong ion discussion but I'm not convinced that a SID approach is superior and clinically more useful than standard approaches. Ive seen modest studies that compare NS and LR in DKA patients. One such abstract can be referenced here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22109683/ I would love a reasonable
  10. Just to clarify, are you saying DKA patients should not routinely receive initial blouses of fluid?
  11. Again, I think it is important to emphasise a key point. ERdoc is not talking about "awaking" people up. I believe he and others are discussing this in terms of a much more nuanced approach. As already stated, anecdote is of limited value when attempting to generalise. Is there literature that looks at the issue at hand however?
  12. Do we have labs, an arterial blood gas and an x-ray? What is her plateau pressure and how has it been trending? How much PEEP is she on? Does the ventilator have a graphics package? Let's find her ideal body weight and look at a lung protective ventilator strategy. If need be, we can transition to pressure controlled ventilation or possibly a hybrid that allows us a degree of control over pressures and the inspiratory flow waveform. Is the patient comfortable?
  13. Twelve mile, mass start race that begins with a one mile climb on jeep road followed by technical single track. I believe it is followed by a 12 mile "fun" run after all categories have finished. We we are still in the manuscript/peer review process. It's good enough for a poster but official publication is still in the works. That is great to hear! Good luck on the running man! I hear you with the summer issue. Luckily, we've had a wetter than normal summer here in the desert but I've had to ride on a few hot days.
  14. Thanks man! Nope, no new cars. However, I bought a mountain bike and apparently harbour a desire to race as I've been training like an animal for my first race in September. The significant weight loss has been a plus for sure. Otherwise, it's been work as usual, teaching and doing an occasional EMS shift. I've also been preparing to present some research I did in grad school with my adviser at a poster session in October. How is life with you? You still PA'ing it in the ER?
  15. Hello everybody, I hope this finds you well. I've been awol for quite a while. Life has been quite interesting over the past year or so as I completed grad school and apparently dealt with existential angst. Probably a mid life crisis of sorts that resulted in significant life changes much to my poor wife's horror and pleasure. I must confess that I've been less interested in traditional EMS work and have instead focused my efforts on more naturalist and interpersonal pursuits. If I'm to be honest, I find these concepts both refreshing and interesting. Now that I may have a bit more time I may
  16. First, we need to be able to divorce human hubris and bias from the discussion. For example, I saw earlier comments go on about heroin. What does the data tell us about the types of opioid overdoses that are killing folks? In many cases, the substances involved were not illegally pulled from poppy fields in Afghsnistan, but rather were from prescription opioids. Once we start attaching emotions and using bias to conflate the picture, it is easy to make incorrect conclusions that can further reinforce prior assertions that may not accurately reflect the actual situation. With that said, I wo
  17. There are folks with undergraduate physics degrees doing amazing things and even doing research or involving themselves with research. A higher degree will likely be needed for academia and writing research proposals/protocols and obtaining good grants, but I would not discount other folks.
  18. I have to disagree with "don't ask don't tell." The subjects of kids, home life, life partners, relationships and so on come up naturally as most humans are socially inclined animals. This is particularly true in an intimate setting such as EMS where you may spend 12 or more hours in close contact with another person or a small group of people. I simply cannot see how such subjects would not come up as a natural consequence of normal social activities. Unfortunately, in the United States, a whole bunch of people care. Going into elections, this is becoming an issue that potential candidates
  19. Lol, thank for the support. It would help the numbers but not the validity unfortunately.
  20. Indeed. My advisor woukd like to publish if we can get enough responses, which has been rather difficult actually. If that occurs, I will let you all know when and where.
  21. I have about half the survey responses I need. I want to thank folks who have already taken the survey and I wanted to bump this post up to see if any other paramedics in the United States would be able to help the data collection out by taking the survey. I will re-post the link in this post. https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9LyAlBh1akJlmy9 Thank you so much everybody!
  22. That would be great! Thank you so much.
  23. Good day my friends and colleagues. I need to ask for a big favour. Part of my masters project will involve a survey and I have managed to make it relevant to the paramedic profession. If you are a paramedic that has been educated in the United States and is currently working in the field, I would like to invite you to complete the survey. The survey and data collection protocol has been approved by my college's institutional review board (IRB) and involves consent. I have also contacted EMT City admin and have their approval to post the link to the survey. No personal information is shared an
  24. No, a Japanese study showed less favorable results in arrest patients who had advanced airways placed. Unfortunately, I believe some of the issues revolved around the fact that they used a variety of devices including EOA's? There was a very small animal study (n=9) that indicates SGA's may decrease CBF in the arresting animals.
  25. Hi Ghost. I am saying this as a former 91B who reclassified to the newer MOS designation. I joined the military back in the 1990's and was in until the mid 2000's. I started as an E1 and worked my way into the NCO ranks/grade. While I never deployed OCONUS I did do a contract in Afghanistan a few years after I got out. Here's the issue; being a civilian paramedic isn't about providing trauma care in a non-permissive environment. Medical cases abound and the patient populations are incredibly diverse. Additionally, the trauma patterns tend to be more blunt in nature. You are dealing with com
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