CMP 014 - Altered Mental Status

Last week we talked about tourniquets.

This week lets talk about altered mental status patients.

Make the scene safe.

Lets talk about them in detail and treatment.

Causes:

  • Infection

    • Sepsis

  • Strokes

    • Clot

    • Bleed

  • Trauma

  • Medications

    • Over the counter

    • Illegal

      • Opioates (Narcan)

        • Recent video of guy shooting people after Narcan

  • Seizures

    • Grand Mal - Body Shakes all over

    • Petit Mal “Absence Seizures” - Patient seems disconnected

    • Febrile - Infants with a fever

  • Low/High Blood Sugar

    • Low sudden onset

    • High gradual onset

  • Dementia

Video of the week:

Guy shoots fire figher after Narcan https://www.firefightingnews.com/body-cam-shows-man-being-revived-with-narcan-before-opening-fire-on-first-responders-killing-firefighter/


  • Give enough to help their breathing … don’t wake them up

  • Check for weapons


Product of the Week

TX2 and TX3 Tourniquets

Fast Facts:

  • Ratcheting mechanism makes for faster and easier application than a windlass

  • Wide width options to allow for faster control and better patient comfort

  • Ideal for rural EMS services, Civilians and the Military

  • Includes a self-locking system

TX2

Webbing width: 2 inches (50.8 mm)

Webbing length: 39 inches (990.6 mm)

TX 3

Webbing width: 3 inches (76.2 mm)

Webbing length: 39 inches (990.6 mm)

Note from Patrick S!