Are firefighters able to perform intraosseous access and start fluid resuscitation?

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Firefighters often reach the scene faster than emergency medical service teams. In addition, firefighters can conduct an emergency action in danger zones inaccessible for medical personnel” Smereka et al (2016).

Abstract:

Anaphylaxis is an acute, life-threatening multisystem syndrome [1,2]. Quick emergency personnel response is essential for stabilizing the patient’s condition. Allergens that induce anaphylaxis include food, insect bites or stings, medications, and latex [3–6]. Firefighters often reach the scene faster than emergency medical service teams. In addition, firefighters can conduct an emergency action in danger zones inaccessible for medical personnel. Therefore, the ability to recognize life-threatening conditions and take appropriate measures is essential for increasing patients’ survival [2,6].

Reference:

Smereka, J., Madziała, M. and Szarpak, L. (2016) Are firefighters able to perform intraosseous access and start fluid resuscitation in an anaphylactic patient? The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. May 20th. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2016.05.068

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