Author Archives: Christopher Watford

Stump the Chumps: Atropine and Complete Heart Block – Discussion

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This is the conclusion to our special feature Stump the Chumps: Atropine and Complete Heart Block. If you've not seen the case, I recommend you go back and read it over. To recap, our crew had been dispatched to a 63 year old female who was lightheaded and happened to have a bit of a […]

Stump the Chumps – Atropine and Complete Heart Block

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This great case was sent in by an anonymous reader posed as a question, the likes of which we had not seen before. So, to pay homage to a wonderful radio show signing off this year, we're calling this segment: Stump the Chumps! Our reader was dispatched to back up a crew attending to a […]

56 year old female CC: Short of Breath – Conclusion

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This is the conclusion to 56 year old female CC: Short of Breath. Be sure to check out the first post for the full story! When we left our crew they were just getting ready to leave the parking garage with a 56 year old female who was short of breath and dizzy after mild […]

56 year old female CC: Short of Breath

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Many thanks to an anonymous reader who submitted this great case! As always, some details have been changed to protect provider and patient privacy. You're dispatched to the parking garage of a busy shopping mall for a 56 year old female whom a 3rd party caller relates is, "short of breath". Upon your arrival you […]

52 year old male CC: Seizure – Discussion

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This is the discussion for 52 year old male CC: Seizure. Be sure to check out the backstory! We had lots of great comments for this case, and as always many of you were right on target. Let's take a look at the initial 12-Lead: We have a narrow complex tachycardia at 180 bpm, with […]

52 year old male CC: Seizure

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You're working a QRV on a busy weekend, when you get dispatched for a "man down". No transport units are initially available, but a BLS crew from a neighboring town are on their way. Upon your arrival an officer on scene directs you inside to a man he says, "looks like he had a seizure". […]

Comparing 12-Leads: Discussion

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This is the discussion for Comparing 12-Leads: Common Error or Common Disease? All of our readers were on the right track, and many were spot on! Sometimes, troubleshooting an ECG is more than just lead placement. In this case report, we had three 12-Lead ECG's, all featuring a similar pattern: inappropriate R-wave progression. Initially, when […]

Comparing 12-Leads: Common Error or Common Disease?

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The following is a case report involves three ECG's recorded on three different patients on three different crews during the same week. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to determine what these three patients have in common and what action should be taken! The first 12-Lead ECG is from an 88 year […]

50 year old male CC: Chest Pressure – Discussion

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This is the discussion for 50 year old male CC: Chest Pressure. We could not have been happier at the number of insightful comments we received on this case! Many of you caught on to our purpose for this case as we could not have picked a better borderline example! When we last left our […]

50 year old male CC: Chest Pressure

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We hope you enjoy this case, as always some details have been changed to protect patient privacy. It's around 05:00 when the tones go off at your fire station for a medical response at a large apartment complex. You leave the bunkhouse with the engine crew and check enroute. Dispatch relays you are headed to […]

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