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Friday, October 24, 2008

Abdominal Pain

The other day we had two calls in a row for severe abdominal pain. The first call was for a man that was on morphine for some back pain. The morphine had caused him to be constipated and he had not had a bowel movement in a week. Unfortunately for him there is not much we can do. We started an IV and transported him to the hospital.

The second patient is one of our regulars. She has some major GI problems and gets severe pain and coughs up blood. There isn't much we can do for her either other than give her some fluids. We started an IV on her and sent her on her way.

Abdominal pain calls can be frustrating at times since there isn't a whole lot that we can do in the field.
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