Emergency Situation 101

Emergency Situation 101

Be prepared for anything. Tips and tricks for emergency situations. This page provides rescue, emerg When an emergency occurs, how will you react?

House fires, car accidents, earthquakes, chest pain, choking, bleeding and seizures. In any emergency situation it is critical that you remain calm and turn rational decision into decisive action. This page is for entertainment purposes only, there is no substitute for proper training, but by following this page you might learn something that will one day save your life.

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While the world is at a standstill, BC's ambulance paramedics are on the move.

Photo Credit: Joshua Berson

Provincial Health Services Authority - PHSA


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Timeline photos 17/12/2019

Here is a good explanation about glove colours...and why black is not a good choice when dealing with blood.


Had a few of you reach out about why I use light blue gloves and not black or dark colors. Here's an incredible image and early post I made that I want to revisit.

Blood sweeps are quintessential components to the MARCH algorithm, and especially at point of injury. I also complete blood sweeps (actually blood rakes is more effective) even at a receiving trauma center because...

Penetrations, stab wounds, projectiles, bullet holes, and head lacs are all potentially missed injuries.

I admit, I used to think black gloves were sleek, good looking, and "tactical". Fluid (blood, vomit, chemicals, emesis etc) all look fairly similar on black gloves. Add low visibility or red/green situations and it can be difficult to decipher between each fluid. .
There are plentiful examples of medical gear, styles, or techniques that are trendy. But are the beneficial?Remember your evidence based medicine.

I had an attending share some wisdom when I asked to try a novel treatment. "Especially in emergency medicine practice, it's typically not good to be the first person or last person to do something".

My team only uses blue, purple, and light colored gloves.
Have a strong and blessed week, TEAM!


Timeline photos 07/10/2019

Today's topic is pelvic injuries following traumatic amputations following a blast.

During some training we often see people being to taught to "drop a knee" on the pelvis to slow bleeding while applying a tourniquet during a blast scenario.

It's important to note that many amputations caused by blasts have associated pelvic fractures. By applying pressure to an unstable pelvic fracture, a provider can damage arteries and cause massive internal blood loss. "Dropping a knee" can lead to further damage and internal bleeding.

It is recommended that any casualty with an amputation caused by a blast should be treated with a pelvic binder when the situation allows for application. There are commercial devices (The pelvic binder, T-POD a d SAM Pelvic sling) however the SAM Junctional TQ and the Junctional Emergency Treatment Tool (JET) may also be used. It's important to remember that the pelvic binder should be placed across the Greater Trochanter of the femurs and NOT across the iliac wings. Avoid log rolling the casualty during application.

Background information:
-77 patients with lower limb amputation after a blast injury
-10% with unilateral amputations had pelvic fractures
-30% with bilateral amputations had pelvic fractures
-39% with bilateral above knee amputations had pelvic fractures.
(Cross, JR Nav Med Devices, 2014)


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