Agonal Gasps

Hi everyone, I just wanted to post a video about Agonal Gasps that sometimes occur during CPR. I am also posting a link to a very interesting article about Agonal Gasps so take a look!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88uCTEmuuGI

http://heart.arizona.edu/gasping-not-breathing

“Gasping has been described as snoring, gurgling, moaning, snorting, agonal or labored breathing. However, bystanders often misinterpret gasping and other unusual vocal sounds as breathing and do not call 9-1-1 or begin lifesaving chest compressions quickly enough…Gasping is a survival reflex triggered by the brain and can increase the chances of survival for someone in cardiac arrest…” –Gordon A. Ewy, MD (University of Arizona, Saver Heart Center)

 

Welcome Bronzies!

Hi guys! Welcome to Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross session 2! I can’t wait to meet you all and get started on a super great lifesaving session! Please print all the documents on the Bronze Med or Bronze Cross pages. We will be going over all of the posted documents throughout the entirety of the course. Make sure to check the website regularly as I often post new things and different updates during the week. Get pumped! 🙂

Definition of Pulmonary Edema

Pulmonary edema is a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs. This fluid collects in the numerous air sacs in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

In most cases, heart problems cause pulmonary edema. But fluid can accumulate for other reasons, including pneumonia, exposure to certain toxins and medications, and exercising or living at high elevations.

Pulmonary edema that develops suddenly (acute) is a medical emergency requiring immediate care. Although pulmonary edema can sometimes prove fatal, the outlook improves when you receive prompt treatment for pulmonary edema along with treatment for the underlying problem. Treatment for pulmonary edema varies depending on the cause, but generally includes supplemental oxygen and medications.