In this live recording, guest lecturer COL Missy Givens shares the CBRNe knowledge she has learned while working as a clinical toxicologist, among many other positions, around the world including as the SOCAFRICA Command Surgeon where she personally helped prepare members of 10th SFG(A) to deal with some of the most venomous snakes in the world.
TCCC+MARCHE(2) for CBRNe
Rapid Spot Decon
Head Injury and Hypothermia
CRESS for chemical agent identification
level of Consciousness
We will also post the PPT slides as soon as we can.
Training materials were the number 1 most requested item from our SOMSA AAR. We have put out other training recommendations in the past but wanted to also highlight some important skills that will help you identify gaps in your PFC training program, plan future training and measure progress.
Training materials were the number 1 most requested item from our SOMSA AAR. We have put out other training recommendations in the past but wanted to also highlight some important skills that will help you identify gaps in your PFC training program, plan future training and measure progress. We will get more into this cycle in the future however, this should be a good place to start. Many thanks go out to Andrew who labored over many versions of the list over the past few months. One last thing, be sure that you are already at 100% T for Trained on your TCCC task list. There is no use in getting into PFC training prior to mastering TCCC. If you see something we may have overlooked and would like to see it on future versions, please comment below and let us know.
Being able to calm and sedate patient in operational or prolonged field care situations may be a valuable skill. Here are our thoughts on sedating your patients when patient comfort and safety are an issue?
Glasgow Comma Scale
Get your GCS before sedating you patient so that you can track trends later during your sedation wake-ups/holidays.
If you are doing sedation it is highly recommended that you prepare by going through the MSMAID acronym detailed in a previous post and podcast. This will ensure you have the minimum equipment, drugs and personnel required for the job.
This is the same circle of awareness from last episode. Once you have your MSMAID plan for anesthesia you should monitor your patient and level of sedation using the circle of awareness ever 5 minutes until they have been off of anesthetic agents for an hour. Anytime you are giving drugs that can alter the patient’s respiration rate or hemodynamics you should have someone at the head of the patient monitoring the components of the circle of awareness. If you are using a push dose or bolus you should know how long the onset for the drug is and check the circle accordingly. It will keep you out of trouble.
Sedation level (RASS)
Airway Patency (Including ventilator if being used)
The Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale is a standard scale used to quantify a patient’s level of consciousness. Tracking a RASS is another way to trend a patients condition while sedated. Hang this, along with the GCS card, next to your patient bed in your aid station for easy reference.