Updated: Jun 28
1. Flicker vertigo can cause seizures, so cover the patient’s eyes if history of seizures.
2. Avoid succinylcholine (Anectine) in patients with hyperkalemia or history of malignant hyperthermia.
3. Hypemic hypoxia is caused by a lack of RBC’s to carry oxygen, as in anemia from hemorrhage or GI bleed (Hypemic = Anemic).
4. Systemic vascular resistance (SVR) is low in distributive shock – neurogenic, anaphylactic, and septic shock. SVR is high in hypovolemic, cardiogenic, and obstructive shock.
5. A “lens-shaped” (lemon) area appears on head CT in epidural bleed, and a “crescent-shape” (banana) in subdural hematoma.
6. Needle decompression is the emergency treatment for tension pneumothorax. Needle pericardiocentesis is emergency treatment for pericardial tamponade.
7. Creatine kinase (CK) and potassium are elevated in rhabdomyolysis. Increase IVF’s until urine output > 100 mL/hour. Call receiving facility to prepare for dialysis.