What’s the Fad with LVADs?

 - A look at Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) and how they may change your Patient Care, Assessment and Treatment Plan as a Prehospital Care Provider. You may have come across one out on the road, or you may have never even heard of one. A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a mechanical pump … Continue reading What’s the Fad with LVADs?

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A Review of the R-CAT Arrhythmias & STEMI Booklets (Medical Aide Memoire)

Good Afternoon! I was sent a package earlier this week from the team at Medical Aide Memoire (MAM) (http://www.medicalaidememoire.com/) to take a look at their two most recent products; the ‘R-CAT Arrhythmias’ booklet and the ‘R-CAT STEMI’ booklet. As some of you may already know, MAM have been supporting us with prizes through some of … Continue reading A Review of the R-CAT Arrhythmias & STEMI Booklets (Medical Aide Memoire)

An Irregularly Irregular ECG – It must be Atrial Fibrillation… or is it?

You have taken your Patient’s pulse and have found it to be pretty irregular. In fact, there isn’t any pattern to the irregularity at all. It could be said that you have found their pulse to be irregularly irregular. You explain to your patient that you would like to carry out an ECG (at least … Continue reading An Irregularly Irregular ECG – It must be Atrial Fibrillation… or is it?

PVCs: What are they? What causes them?

‘’Student, Can you Press Print Please; I can see a Bunch of PVCs on the Patient’s ECG!’’ ..PVCs? What are they? Should I be concerned?.. A PVC (Premature Ventricular Contraction) is exactly what it says on the tin. It is a ventricular contraction, that occurs EARLIER than expected and/or wanted! Remember, a whole variety of … Continue reading PVCs: What are they? What causes them?

What Actually Causes ST Changes on an ECG?

  Good evening, hope you’re all doing well! Thank you for all of the peer discussions so far this year, CPD events with @PreHospECG and on-going learning support; a fantastic start to 2016.  I have never really looked into the electrophysiological depths of ST changes presented on an ECG. What actually causes ST elevation on … Continue reading What Actually Causes ST Changes on an ECG?