Category Archives: StraightFromMyNotebook

#StraightFromMyNotebook – The Box Heart

This is a visual by Mike Kacsur my EMT instructor. It’s called “The Box Heart”. The TAs giggled about it, but I thought it was a great visual aid that was easy to conceptualize and easy to memorize (as evidenced by my score on the test) 🙂 Yes it’s simplistic, but effective.

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Here is my original scrawled note…

You can enlarge it if you like, but it won’t be any easier to read!

 

Here is one that I made in dia.

BoxHeartClick to enlarge! If you like it, please be sure to drop Mike a line and let him know!

 

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#StraightFromMyNotebook – Signs of Death

Presumptive signs of death

  • Unresponsive to pain
  • No pulse (carotid)
  • No breathing
  • No deep tendon or corneal reflexes
  • No eye movement
  • No systole
  • Profound cyanosis
  • Low core temperature

Definitive Signs of Death

  • Obvious Mortal damage (ie decapitation)
  • Dependent lividity (blood settling)
  • Rigor mortis (stiffening of muscles, 2-12 hours after death)
  • Putrefaction (decomposition of body tissues (40-96 hours after death))

*Note*  #StraightFromMyNotebook posts are condensed from my actual notebooks and class materials. Text Used is : Emergency Care And Transportation Of The Sick And Injured: A Comprehensive Guide

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#StraightFromMyNotebook – Transmission methods

An infectious disease is a medical condition caused by growth and spread of small, harmful organisms.

A communicable disease is a disease that can spread from one person to another.

Transmission is the way an infectious disease gets spread

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  • Direct Contact – Touching person to person
  • Indirect Contact – Spread of infection through an inanimate object. (An object that transmits infection is called a fomite).
  • Airborne Transmission – Through mechanisms like droplets (sneeze droplets, ew) or dust.
  • Vector borne – Infection by animal or insect bites etc.

*Note*  #StraightFromMyNotebook posts are condensed from my actual notebooks and class materials. Text Used is : Emergency Care And Transportation Of The Sick And Injured: A Comprehensive Guide

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