• I had a call the other day, 40s female with 7/10 central chest pressure radiating to her left arm, under left breast. PT said that how she felt now is identical to how she felt a few years ago; she had SCAD as in sudden coronary arterial dissection then and had stents put in. How does ASA and nitro play a role in this case, because it sounds textbook ischemic but with such a rare and bizarre medical history. Please let me know what you think?

    Published On: January 9, 2024
  • Question regarding procedural sedation. During a recent call we had a patient that was believed to be flash pulmonary oedema (audible crackles, blood tinged frothy sputum, confusion). The patient was quite agitated, wouldnt answer questions, resistive to any intervention or assessment, resistant to vitals and non-tolerable of O2 via any route and had difficulty remaining still. Is it reasonable to consider sedation for these patients? Would this be considered a special circumstance requiring BHP consultation? Would Ketamine be the drug of choice over Midazolam?

    Published On: October 12, 2023
  • Due to known patching issues inhibited by the currently required PPE can the OBHG look at omitting mandatory patch points specifically surrounding Midazolam and Ketamine administration for combative and excited delirium patients. I have never been denied an order for either of these medications and the time required to call for an order increases the risk of injury to everyone involved with the extra time required to complete the call delaying treatment. Second question, can we also look at increasing the maximum dose of Midazolam to 10 mg for combative patients as I have found that often times 5mg is insufficient especially when used on patients with known drug abuse. Or, is it possible for the OBHG to considering opening up Ketamine to be used on combative patients, as its my understanding Ketamine is a safer drug with less side effects?

    Published On: May 21, 2020