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ABCDE Approach

In Education & Quality Improvement, Guidelines, Knowledge Translation by Devika SinghLeave a Comment

The ABCDE approach applies to the initial assessment of critically ill patients. For each step, appropriate treatment should be started regardless if there is a definitive diagnosis. Airway​1–3​ Fatal in minutes. Think of this separately from breathing! Consider what would you do if the airway became threatened, e.g. Have you assessed for predictors of difficult airway management? Assessment Management ● Determine if patient can speak.● Inspect for secretions or foreign bodies.● Check for …

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2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Systems of Care

In Guidelines, Infographics by Nadia OmriLeave a Comment

This year, the American Heart Association (AHA) released the updated 2020 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care; the first major update to the internationally recognized guideline in five years. CanadiEM and the AHA came together to create an infographic which summarizes the new updates pertaining to the Systems of Care.  Here are the top 10 things you should know!  Over 350,000 EMS-assessed cardiac arrests and 209,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually …