My Craziest Cardiac Call

Summary:

Steve outlines his “crazy” cardiac call for Holly and Dan, which was dispatched as a person down. He discusses logistical issues affecting patient care, and how those issues were addressed. Steve, Dan and Holly review the call and talk about lessons learned. 

Dan breaks down his “crazy” cardiac call for Holly and Steve, which was dispatched as a cardiac arrest. The three review patient care rendered prior to arrival and patient care performed by Dan and his team. Lessons learned are discussed. 

Learning Points: 

  • Always have situational awareness when responding to calls
  • Ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia are shockable rhythms 
  • IO’s are a quick way to gain access for medication administration in cardiac arrest
  • Knee and shoulder replacements are contraindications for IO placement
  • When in doubt, call online medical control for assistance 
  • Review Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) protocol 

    Content Creator: Steve Williams
    CAPCE Course Number: 20-EMTP-F3-7801
    Total CE Hours: 1
    Level: Advanced