We had an exciting Grand Rounds this week. We started off with our visiting lecturer, Dr. Jennifer Wiler, who gave us an excellent overview of the dollars and cents behind the care that we provide in the emergency department. Afterwards we practice some oral board style cases. Dr. Betz led a challenging triple patient encounter where we had to simultaneously manage a knee dislocation, aortic dissection with involvement of the right coronary artery, and pneumonia in the setting of HIV. Dr. Curry led a riveting case of preeclampsia where identifying the critical history of a recent delivery was critical to initiating the correct management. We wrapped up the day with a simulation led by Drs. Hill, LaFollette, and Lang on in-flight emergencies!Read More
Severely burned patients can be intimidating for even the most seasoned critical care transport providers. These patients often require aggressive resuscitation and multiple procedures in a relatively short period of time. It is often easy for providers to become overwhelmed, necessitating an algorithmic approach to the patient, similar to traumatically injured patients, is crucial. By advancing through the primary survey and stabilizing the patient while starting aggressive but goal directed crystalloid resuscitation, critical care transport providers can bring ICU level care to one of the sickest pre-hospital patient populations.Read More
It is mid July and your first shift as the coveted H2 Doc at Air Care 2 is finally upon you. It has been an especially warm and beautiful Saturday and you ponder the possible flights for the evening as you take the scenic drive to Butler County Regional Airport.
You finish checking the aircraft with the flight nurse and sit down to begin the 20:30 brief with the flight crew when the tones drop and you are dispatched for your first flight of the evening, a scene flight to Franklin County, Indiana for an “un-helmeted motorcyclist”. You grab the blood cooler, perform a safety walk-around the aircraft and strap yourself in backRead More