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Questions tagged [emergency]

Questions regarding emergency medical care and treatment.

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Necessity of break-the-glass for accessing patient electronic health records in emergency [closed]

I wanted to find out if the break-the-glass method is really needed where an emergency physician would use it to access a patient's electronic health record in the event of an emergency. Since an ...
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In an emergency, could rhubarb be used to treat heavy metal poisoning?

Rhubarb leaves, and stems in large quantities, are toxic because they contain oxalic acid. Considering dissolution in aqueous solution in the stomach produces oxalate, a very effective heavy metal ...
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Contraindications for administrating oxygen

As the title says, what are contraindications of providing a patient oxygen in the emergency system outside of hospitals?
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Can a otherwise healthy person request a “do not resuscitate” order?

In NY State, in the USA, If an otherwise healthy person has a do not resuscitate order and has a heart attack and the ambulance comes, will they just let him die like that? Or is do not resuscitate ...
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I want to be ready for heart attack or any heart related issues. What things should I stock at my home?

My parents are heart patients; my dad went through by heart by pass surgery and my mom has been on medicine for 8 years. She doesn't want to undergo an operation. We are still trying to convince her. ...
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Why is treating hepatic vein injuries so difficult?

I've read a few ER room stories on quora where trauma surgeons would dictate their real life accounts. One of them said about a accident victim who was very much alive , conscious and talkative. Upon ...
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Correct english term for an urgent referral

I am translating a Swedish text, and I am having problems translating the term "akutremiss" to British English. The term is commonly used in Swedish healthcare. It is basically a referral, of any type,...
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In an emergency situation, how does the medical doctor determine that an unconscious patient is pregnant?

If I were to be in a car accident, or something similar, I know that certain tests would be performed either by the first responders or by the medical personnel in the emergency room. Like checking my ...
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What to do if someone breaks a bone?

I was wondering today about what someone should do immediately after either they or someone else had a fractured / broken bone. What first aid / steps should be taken after this happens? Is this ...
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How highly trained are paramedics in Hong Kong?

Relating to the paramedics within the Hong Kong Fire Services Department.
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Is it right to say that any syncope is a result of low perfusion to brain?

Is it right to say that always syncope is a result of low perfusion to brain, or low blood pressure? (I know that there are a lot of secondary reasons such as vassovagal or cardiac issues, but if I ...
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Is there any medical value when a care provider talk to his trauma patient?

Is there any medical value when a care provider talks to a trauma patient to keep the patient conscious? It's well known that in cases of trauma (in physical medicine) always the paramedic or ...
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Average Number of Sutures per E.R. visit

I'm trying to gather data for a bioengineering project, but I'm finding difficulty locating the statistic of the average number of sutures per visit, for E.R.'s. Does anyone know how to find this data?...
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Conceptual differences between urgent, emergency, planned, unplanned, elective and acute care

I have a bunch of health care terms between which I would like to disambiguate the relationships. A concept map or diagram would be really appreciated since I think better that way. Terms are: ...
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If people can create an accelerated medical program that can be completed in just three years, what textbooks should they select in the curriculum?

Imagine a third-world country with a lack of doctors. They should start to treat patients as soon as possible even if they did not take full courses in biochemistry, histology, anatomy, biostatistics, ...
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Why does breathing stop during cardiac arrest?

I've been reading about resuscitation, and found several suggestions that people don't continue breathing after effective heart function stops because the diaphragm quickly runs out of oxygen. Is ...
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Where to find a medical alert system without monthly payment?

I have been using alert1 for awhile, but recently my liabilities increase as my daughter suddenly got divorce. I am not sure how long will this last, but I plan to replace my mom's medical alert to ...
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Mechanical cardio resuscitation for asystole

We have great machines for shocking a heart out of various malfunctions. But my understanding is that the only "machine" indicated for restarting a heart that has completely stopped (i.e., "flat-...
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Can Manual External Defibrillators “restart” a heart?

On TV it appears that every time a heartbeat monitor flat-lines they pull out the paddles of a manual external defibrillator (MED) and give a few shocks, often explicitly cranking up the output when ...
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What to do if someone on video chat needs medical help

I live in Iowa and I am talking to a person in Idaho (or anyone in a different state), and the person on the other end experiences a sudden illness and needs EMS, what is the best way to get services ...
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Why are backboards no longer used as spinal immobilization devices?

I'm a member of the National Ski Patrol, and this year at the OEC refresher we were told (repeatedly) that EMTs no longer use backboards as immobilization devices, so we shouldn't be surprised if ...
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40 y/o woman admitted with ARDS but normal values

Second year medical student asking: A 40 year old woman is admitted to the ICU with acute respiratory distress syndrome due to a life threatening case of pneumonia. Her respiratory values are as ...
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Why is defibrillation commenced before CPR in ventricular fibrillation?

I know CPR is usually commenced before defibrillation in a medical emergency, however we learned that defibrillation should be done before CPR in the case of ventricular fibrillation. Is there a ...
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Is it safe to drink urine when you have nothing else to drink?

What if there was a situation where someone had no water to drink or food to eat. Would it be safe for them to drink their own urine? What are the possible risks of doing this? Could there be any ...
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Multi-parameters monitors: pediatric vs. adult mode

We often use a multi-parameters monitor to monitor the victim's pulse, SpO2 and blood pressure1. When using these devices on children, we have to switch them to 'pediatric mode' first. And for blood ...
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What's the rush in the case of sudden hearing loss?

I've heard from both an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) and an audiologist (hearing specialist) that in the case of sudden hearing loss, time is of the essence, and the patient should be seen as ...
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How safe are backboards?

I have heard a fair amount of talk recently about how safe the long spine boards frequently used by EMS personnel after falls and car accidents are. How many - if any - studies have been done on this? ...