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Monday, June 8, 2009

He's Having A Seizure!

We got toned out around midnight for a man having seizures. These are usually fairly straight forward calls. When we got there we were escorted to the bedroom by the wife of the patient. She stated that he had had a seizure earlier in the evening and still wasn't acting right. When I walked in I was immediately greeted by the sound of a percolator, except that it was my patients lungs creating the sound. The patient was in severe respiratory distress and could barely speak. We immediately sat him upright and got him on some oxygen. I started an IV and gave him some nitroglycerin. All of this helped but what he really needed was CPAP and I didn't have it. As soon as MBA got there we loaded him up and they started him on a CPAP treatment. Before he left he was able to talk in complete sentences and thanks us. So much for a seizure call. Honestly, I was happy that it wasn't just a seizure call. It can get boring if you don't get the occasional curve ball.
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