Emergency nursing

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A long time ago, I was thrust into the preceptor role when we didn’t even have a preceptor “class”. Someone just said, “you like to teach, why don’t you take one of the new nurses and train her?” Of course, I agreed. That nurse that I taught has now been a certified flight RN #cfrn for over 15 years. 18 years ago, I decided to get my CEN #cen and that was my 1st certification exam. Today, I have taught numerous clinical rotations, paramedic interns, nursing students, residents, emergency nurses, trauma nurses and I am grateful that my certifications help to pave the way by showing my continued dedication to being a lifelong learner and nursing excellence. •

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• @the_resuscitationist .

AUTOMATIVE CPR MACHINES: to include “lucas” “autopulse” etc.


BOTTOM LINE: these do NOT increase rates of survival and out of hospital discharge neurointact. .

POLARIZING statement I know… but this isn’t just an emotional based opinion. Multiple studies over the years (I can send them to you or a quick search) shows no increased survival when compared to manual (hands on chest) CPR. There’s added concern for the delay in compressions during placement.



HOWEVER: there is added benefit for small pre-hospital crews that the use of these machine does keep crews more safe and “free’s up hands” to prevent task saturation. In the ER setting, I typically wont take the time to place one. They also cover the chest and make any needed chest procedures difficult (pericardiocentesis, chest tubes, central lines, needle decompressions etc)



NOTE: cost roughly $15k per unit. If you’re system does not have these, do not think your CPR is inferior.


MY MAIN POINT: quality CPR principles include early chest compressions and limited interruptions. Peds has a few subtleties, but keys below -Intubate while compressions take place. – hard and fast (100-120 bmp) -ribs will likely crack. This is normal.

-place patient on hard surface

– don’t hyperventilate. Even bystander compressions only without rescue breaths is acceptable – keep compressions after shocks given

– coronary perfusion pressure (CPP) is greatly impacted from above principles.





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Advanced Strangulation Training

Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. When domestic violence perpetrators choke (strangle) their victims, not only is this felonious assault, but it may be an attempted homicide.

Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control where the batterer can demonstrate control over the victim’s next breath: it may have devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome.

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The Emergency Department Neuro Exam – Three YouTube Videos

The Emergency Department Neuro Exam – Three YouTube Videos

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Strangulation of Adult & Pediatric Patients

As a trauma nurse that is cross-trained with a master of forensic science degree, I spend a lot of time thinking about recognition & assessment of strangulation patients. •

Strangulation and Domestic Violence

Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. It is one of the best predictors for subsequent homicide. Prior strangulation increases the odds of strangulation homicide by more than seven times. For perpetrators, strangulation is the ultimate form of power and control. However, because there are often no visible injuries, patients, physicians, and law enforcement often minimize the possible health consequences of reported strangulation.


The vasculature of the neck is relatively unprotected and vulnerable to injury and vascular occlusion. The application of 4.4 pounds of pressure to the jugular veins causes venous outflow obstruction from the brain and thus stagnant hypoxia. Eleven pounds of pressure to the carotid arteries can cause loss of consciousness in approximately 10 seconds. Compression of the trachea requires significantly more force: 33 pounds of pressure for occlusion and 35 pounds to fracture tracheal cartilage.

Strangulation can be fatal in as little as four to five minutes. Mechanisms in addition to hypoxia due to vascular occlusion have been proposed. Pressure on the carotid body may cause bradycardia and subsequent cardiac arrest. Delayed mortality may be caused by carotid artery dissection, aspiration, postobstructive pulmonary edema, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or tracheal injury.

📓: ACEP Now, Heather V. Rozzi, MD, FACEP; and Ralph Riviello, MD, MS/April 2019