Demonstrate the assessment and management of patients with respiratory emergencies.
Demonstration should include the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, assessment, and management of emergencies related to
- spontaneous pneumothorax
- pulmonary edema
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- environmental/industrial exposure to harmful substances in the air
- toxic gas
- cystic fibrosis
- pulmonary embolus
- viral respiratory infections.
Demonstration should also include using respiratory medications, pulse oximetry, capnography/end-tidal CO2, and CPAP.
- How does an EMT assess and manage a patient in respiratory distress?
- What are some of the reasons a patient may experience a respiratory emergency?
- Why is it critically important to frequently monitor a COPD patient's response to supplemental oxygen?