acute pulmonary edema scenes

acute pulmonary edema scenes

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  • wife calls ambulance because husband complains of chest pain
  • patient is sitting tripod on edge of the bed. his breathing is labored, he's coughing, sweating profusely & swelling in both lower extremities
  • patient is given a non-rebreather mask at 15 liters per minute. respiratory rate is 32 breaths per minute. heart rate is 50 beats per minute, and blood pressure is 90/70. No signs of external or internal bleeding.
  • wife informs that he also has CHF and is taking medication for it. The EMTs allow her to assist his with his medications. (furosemide, isosorbide denigrate, nitroglycerine, and digoxin)
  • EMTs give the patient a focused physical, check the oxygen treatment given and receive confirmation that its helping with the pain.
  • the decision is to "load and go". detailed assessment is performed while en route to the hospital.
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