Digest #3 September: Welcome Back Students!

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Although it’s a bit esoteric, I figured between the 3rd semester students starting your fall rideouts, and some groups finishing up their in-class training, it was worth doing another (final) article about preceptorship.  Having now finished my time on the road, there were a few more things I wanted to add to my original update in Digest #1.
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Canadian C-Spine Rule (CCR)

The Canadian C-Spine Rule was created in response to increased costs associated with non-essential radiography (98%) and increased patient wait times while immobilized to back boards. This month’s article will review the research and findings associated with the Canadian C-Spine Rule (CCR) and relate them to EMS practices.
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Acetaminophen Overdose – What Pre-Hospital Providers Should Know

Acetaminiphen is an analgesic which is a common component in over the counter and prescription medications. Preparations such as Tylenol, Tylenol #3, Tempra, Percocet, Robaxacet as well as many other pharmaceuticals all contain varying quantities of acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is perceived by many as a benign medication. However, accidental and intentional overdose account for significant morbidity and mortality primarily due to liver damage and fulminate liver failure.
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