EMS History Taking | Chest Pain

Depending on a patients chief complaint you may need to change up your history taking format in order to determine the best course of action in a timely manner. This weeks Monday Minutes is a little longer at about 17 minutes but I hope will help you formulate a mental flow chart when gathering history with your patient complaining of chest pain.



 

EMS Continuing Education

EMS Continuing Education

Don’t Miss Important Chest Pain Indicators

While many patients with chest pain describe it with classic symptoms, you will have patients with atypical pain that might throw you off or lead you to discount the pain. Keeping on eye out for other things like risk factors and equivalent symptoms can help you treat the patient correctly and get them the continuum of care they need. Be sure to check other EMS chest pain care over on YouTube.

Can You Believe I Get Stuck At Work?

This week, I had to cancel the weekly podcast. Believe it or not sometimes I get stuck at work and have to stay to cover a shift or two. I know it’s hard to understand but my employer doesn’t care if I have a podcast to get to. They need my wonderful skills on that ambulance. So after two cardiac arrests, an RMA and a questionable chest pain call. I would like to thank those listeners that emailed me asking where the hell we were last night. Your dedication to showing up for the live show does not go unnoticed.

So, I would like to fill the weekly podcast post with a few blog posts from my fellow EMS bloggers that I think will keep you busy until next week and keep that thought process going.

Now there are many posts I would love to recommend, but I want you to focus on a few so you can really take in the content.

1 – Tim Noonan the Rogue Medic posted about medics intubating medics as an annual skills proficiency assessment. That’s INSANE. Or is it? Go read this post. He makes some great points. 

2 – I came across this post that I thought is a great overview that discusses a common patient complaint. Lung Anatomy 101:  Why does asthma cause chest pain?

3 – The last one is from Russel Stine over at the Hybrid Medic. I figure since many paramedic protocols require us to give that 5cc’s of life. We may as well get some tips and ideas on how to perform IV access.  I know I have posted about this before but these are the type of tips that I think are always important to our everyday EMS activities.

Be sure to post your comments here or on the blogs above to share your thoughts on these topics.