By Sean Hulsman
As EMS battles the rising trend of opioid abuse and subsequent respiratory arrest, lives are being saved through competent control of airway and breathing. It is important that providers understand not only the mechanism and drawbacks of naloxone, but also the best way to monitor respiratory status. Waveform capnography plays an important role in the assessment and treatment of narcotics overdose patients. Read 5 things EMS providers need to know about opioid overdose and respiratory compromise and then test your knowledge of the tools and treatments for opiate overdose.
About the author:
Sean Hulsman, MEd, EMT-P is Director of Education at Twin City Ambulance Corporation in Western New York. He began his EMS career in 1992 and continues to teach and work in the field. You can contact Sean via his blog: Coarse Asystole.