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Vitamin D Deficiency Government Review

A six week review begins today (03/04/2022) to produce evidence for ways to reduce vitamin d deficiencies and health inequalities in the UK. Click the photo or link to read more on the GovUK website. -- Health News

On-Water Rescue Breaths for Divers – Worth it?

We all know the drowning protocol - 5 initial rescue breaths, followed by 30: 2, but do we know how many rescue breaths are advised for in-water resus (on the surface)? Should we even be doing in-water resus? Let's take a look at the evidence.

Should Patients Take Caffeine-Containing Analgesics?

Many of our patients have high temperatures, especially during COVID outbreaks. Some of them are taking over the counter pain relief as required. This is of course recommended, however many of our patients are also tachycardic due at least in part to their high temperatures. When they complain of palpitations, do they need to be aware of the effects of caffeine-paracetamol combinations? Should they be taking this combination at all, or should they simply ease off dietary sources of caffeine while taking analgesics? Here are a few quotes on the subject. Full references are below.

What is the structure of the digestive system?

The Digestive System is the 'alimentary canal and its associated glands, the salivary glands, the liver and the pancreas.' (Boyle and Senior, 2008: 131). Pass your exams or refresh yourself by reading the extended answer here.

PARAMEDIC-2 Trial Results

  ‘For more than 50 years, treatment strategies have included the use of various drugs, but there is limited evidence that such treatments are effective’ (Perkins et al, 2018). Now […]

Free Ventilator Downloads from Smiths Medical

So far, Article 999 has a reasonable collection of information and videos about positive pressure breathing and ventilators used in prehospital emergency care. Smiths Medical is behind the PneuPac ParaPac. […]