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April 15, 2013 / jeffmedic

2013 Gathering of Eagles- Day Two and Three

Woke up at about 0500 and couldn’t go back to sleep.

Dr. Corey Slovis gave his usual talk about the Most Important EMS Articles of 2013 that we should know. The most interesting article, in my opinion, was from Scott Weingart and Rich Levitan about preoxygenation and the prevention of desaturation. This article was that first time I was introduced to the concept of apneic oxygenation. The idea is that you can place a patient that you are intubating of a high flow nasal cannula

Here is a link to the slides from the presentation. Here is a link to the article from Annals of Emergency Medicine. Here is a link to a podcast by Dr. Weingart about the article.

The other presentation that I particularly enjoyed was by Dr. Jeffery Goodloe of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. His talk was titled The EMS Praxis for Anaphylaxis. This issue of Ems and anaphylaxis has been receiving a lot of attention lately. There was an article in the Oct-Dec 2012 issue of Prehospital Emergency Care that questioned whether paramedics were competent at recognizing and treating anaphylaxis. The results were not encouraging.

Here is a link to Dr. Goodloe’s slides. The file is about 48 megabytes.

The rest of the conference was filled with many other excellent presentations. The only complaint I have is that they do not record the lectures so you can listen again. I look forward to next year!

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