I recently participated in a training/education session at a prominent hospital in Indianapolis. I participated in an eight hour session involving a 91 year old female cadaver. I was surprised, pleasantly, by the inclusion of other health care providers in the session. EMS professionals, a few nurses, and a couple of doctors participated and shared information among each other during the session. The staff leading the session were all paramedics with special training in the instruction and use of cadavers. I was informed that only seven or so people in Indiana have received this training.
One of the paramedics leading the session is also a funeral director.
The purpose of the session was to practice skills generally considered susceptible to skill decay with a primary focus on surgical and needle cricothyrotomy using traditional laryngoscopy and video laryngoscopy via a GlideScope. The bulk of the training session focused on the anatomy & physiology associated with the procedures. Alternate methods of determining landmarks were demonstrated and everyone in the session was evaluated and performed multiple identifications on our cadaver. Discussions included scenarios where improper landmark identification could become problematic.
We spent more than 75% of the allotted time on airway management. This included basic airway management using BVM, oral and nasal adjuncts, King Airway & CombiTubes, LMA insertion, and S.A.L.T device.
Tracheal intubations were practiced by all using both Macintosh and Miller blades as well as the video GlideScope. Everybody had the opportunity to perform as many intubations as they liked. Staff was very approachable and eager to offer tips and solutions to common problems associated with tracheal intubations in the field. Gum Bougie use was also demonstrated and utilized in our practice session as well as intubation without the device.
I was unaware of the S.A.L.T device as it isn’t used in my system. I found it particularly interesting since it may make tracheal intubations fast and easy. The general consensus was that if this device was all it is advertised to be it might very well be the best BLS oral adjunct option available. I wonder why it isn’t more prominent.
At the very least it should be an option in my opinion.
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That makes three! George Jones, “The Possum”, has died. If anyone ever lived their songs it was “No Show Jones”. He is, and was, a country music icon.
One can read about it in the Washington Post article.
It’s been a rough couple of days for music. Richie Havens, the opening performer at Woodstock, has died of a heart attack.
One can read about it in the Daily News article published today.
Chrissy Amphlett, singer of the Divinyls, died at the age of 53 due to complications of breast cancer yesterday.
Read more from Rolling Stone magazine.
Rest in peace.
I found a YouTube video of ZZ Top with guests Slash and John Mayer. I admit I am biased toward Mayer but I think the video says it all. Mayer always seems to get overlooked in guitar circles while Slash is always praised. I know it’s not a competition and they are both good in their own right but damn, Slash was way out of his element here. I think Mayer did a much better job. What do you think?
Paul Waller of the Fender Custom Shop
Once again the United States has experienced a terrorist attack. This time the bombings occurred during the Boston Marathon. Multiple bombs detonated within seconds of each other near the finish line. A third bomb is reported to have also exploded nearby at the JFK Library.
Three other unexploded bombs have been reported found by Boston authorities. Two at another intersection near the marathon route and one outside of Boston proper.
As of the time of this article at least 2 people have been killed with up to 50 injuries (10 of which are reported to be amputations). I’m sure as the day goes on we will continue to receive updated reports of fatalities and injuries.
Good work by local EMS, Fire, and Police have helped transport and treat many others affected by these blasts. While I try not to be political with this blog I hope this tragic attack prompts those in charge of the purse strings to reevaluate cuts to EMS and other Public Safety organizations.
Images of the Boston Marathon Bombing April 15, 2013
Fishing for a Guitar
I’ve bought, sold, and traded many guitars in my life. I’ve had old guitars, new guitars, and even a couple of guitars that would now be considered “vintage”. Looking back at my younger days I have to ask myself why I spent so much time, energy, and money buying, selling, and trading guitars.
I remember walking into a local music store in 1982 and plunking down $300.00 for a what I thought was a great sounding guitar. It was used guitar, a ’78 or ’79 Washburn Falcon, in a natural dark maple finish. I didn’t know it at the time but it was one of the more expensive guitars Washburn offered. I think it retailed for around $550.00 brand new in the late 70’s.
When I decided to spend my cash on this used Washburn it was because it played and sounded fantastic. Unfortunately the feel and sound of the guitar simply wasn’t enough for an immature teenage wannabe rock star. As I looked around at what my musician friends were playing, and lusting after, this excellent guitar didn’t measure up to the “look” most kids my age aspired to emulate.
The era of big hair, spandex, and parachute pants was just too colorful and flashy for this “old” wood looking slab of a guitar. Besides that none of the musicians my friends and I idolized at the time used a guitar like that. So … I traded “up” to my first brand new guitar only a month or so after I bought the Falcon.
(authors note: As I was writing this blog post I got interested in looking up the specs for this guitar. It was marketed by Washburn which was based out of Chicago. The guitar was manufactured for Washburn in Japan by the factory that made Aria Pro II guitars. It was a neck-thru guitar and was available in two versions. The first version, “A”, had a slightly different headstock shape than the later “B” version. Other than what I found on the internet I don’t recall specific details about the instrument. The photo was borrowed from Google images.)
Joe Bonamassa playing Sloe Gin on Rory Gallagher’s ’61 Stratocaster at the Royal Albert Hall in London March 30, 2013.