EMS Care Chapter 25 | Hematologic emergencies start with an introduction to the topic and have presentations that cover details on the human blood, the diseases, emergencies, and how to deal with the same. We subsequently explore in-depth the following lessons:
- Lesson 1: What are Hematologic Emergencies?
- Lesson 2: Diseases.
- Lesson 3: Patient Assessment.
- Lesson 4: Special Considerations.
Core Concepts covered :
- Understand the anatomy and physiology of blood.
- Know hematologic disorders and the complications associated with them.
- Identify age-related variations.
- can provide the appropriate prehospital care.
- To understand the anatomy, physiology, and role of the gastrointestinal and urologic systems.
- To understand the issues associated with these systems, so you can provide the appropriate prehospital care.
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An Excerpt from the course on Hematologic emergencies
Next, move on to secondary assessment where you can systematically examine the patient. While doing so, focus on major joints at which cells congregate. Also, evaluate and document mental status using the AVPU scale.
Further, obtain a complete set of vital signs, including oxygen saturation level.
Remember, the normal sickle cell crisis vital signs are:
- Normal to rapid respirations.
- Weak, rapid pulse.
- Pale, clammy skin.
- Low blood pressure.
Use a pulse oximeter, if available, to monitor oxygen saturation, but be aware that the reading may be inaccurate due to the patient’s anemic state.