Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Cool new tool
As of midnight tonight, wehave some cool new tools to enhance prehospital patient care. We can spray drugs up people's noses to stop seizures and certain types of drug overdose; we have a new advanced airway to breathe for people. We have a new drug that keeps people from barfing (yay!!!!! wish I had that before my niece destroyed the back of the Subaru) Best of all though--the EZ-IO!
Sometimes when people are really, really sick and or/dehydrated and/or hypothermic (your basic helicopter patients) their veins have a tendency to hide. We have a ew tricks to coax them out, but sometimes people really, really need an IV and you can't find one.
Now, we have the EZ-IO. There's a flat spot just below your knee towards the inside, covered by very little flesh. We can drill a hole right into your marrow and this hard metal needle gets lodged in your leg. We have to sort of loosen up the marrow by forcing saline in. Then, we can give any of our medications or just a bunch of fluid, right through the IO (intra-osseous) needle. It really doesn't hurt to have your leg drilled into. Forcing fluid into your bone, though, now THAT hurts. So, we can shoot a bunch of lidocaine right into your bone to numb it up from the inside a little.
Being a paramedic is fun!