Professor and Chairman Emeritus; Medical Director Nashville Fire Vanderbilt Medical Center; Nashville Fire Dept. Nashville, Tennessee
Description: Hyperkalemia can present as life threatening ECG changes, Bradycardias and Heart Block. This talk will empower paramedics to rapidly identify and treat hyperkalemic emergencies including the 5 ECG changes of Hyperkalemia ... when and how to use to use calcium, dextrose, beta agonists, saline and bicarbonate will be covered in depth. Similarly, recognizing Hypokalemic ECG changes is core knowledge; the 5 ECG changes of hypokalemia will be taught along with how to treat torsades in those with and with and without a pulse. I will also cover a short section on hypercalcemia in cancer patients and also compare normal saline to lactated ringers in the prehospital setting.
Be able to recognize the 5 ECG Changes of Hyperkalemia a
Understand when to use or not use Calcium in a hyperkalemic patient
Be able to recognize the 5 ECG changes of Hypokalemia
Be confidant in how to treat Torsades in patients with and without a pulse