What is the txmt for anticholinergic toxicity?
physostigmine salicylate 0.5-2mg IV over 5 mins. Repeat q
What are the organophosphate toxicity mild signs/symptoms?
anorexia, dizziness, weakness, anxiety, substernal discomfort, and tremors
What is the antidote for organophosphate toxicity?
atropine 2mg IM q 5-10 min. until atropinization
pralidoxime (2 Pam) 1 gm over 5 -10 mins.
What is a poison?
any substance which, when ingested, inhaled, applied topically, injected or developed within the body in small amounts, may cause structural damage or functional disturbance
What are the contraindications for emesis?
drowsiness, unconsciousness, convulsing, corrosive ingestion, petroleum distillate ingestion
What is a very hazardous way to evacuate the GI tract that accelerates excretion of substances already absorbed into the blood?
diuresis-observe for pulmonary edema and do not use without m.o. approval
How do you make a demulcent (soothes irritated tissue, precipitates heavy metals, helps block absorption) out of eggs?
egg whites beaten in 500ml of water or milk
What is the antidote for hydrogen sulfide?
sodium nitrite 300mg IV slow infusion and amyl nitrate ampule
What snakes fall under the crotalidae species?
rattle snakes, cotton mouths (water moccosins), and copperheads
What are the signs/symptoms of pit viper bites?
edema and localized pain within 10 minutes, ecchymosis progressing to petechiae and hemorrhagic vessiculation, weakness, diaphoresis, faintness, and lymphadenitis
What are the signs and symptoms of a elapidae bite?
local edema, parasthesias, muscle weakness, slurred speech, ptosis, diplopia, dysphagia, stridor, fasciculation, respiratory paralysis, nausea, vomiting, euphoria, dizziness, and diaphoresis
What is the major immediate cause of death from an elapidae bite?
respiratory arrest secondary to neuromuscular weakness
What are the signs/symptoms of a sea snake bite?
onset is immediate to 6 hrs, euphoria, malaise, anxiety, muscle aches, thick tongue, hypersalivation, ascending paralysis, ocular and facial paralysis, ptosis, and papillary changes
What are the signs and symptoms of the widow spiders?
numbing pain, blanching, and edema at the site, muscle spasms (characteristic), nausea, salivation, sweating, tachycardia, restlessness, fear of death (pavor mortis)
What are the signs and symptoms of a hobo/northwestern brown spider bite?
headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, lethargy, visual disturbances, memory loss, lesion similar to a brown recluse
What are the signs and symptoms of the funnel web spider bites?
intense pain at bite site, wheal formation, local erythema, local sweating and piloerection, perioral stinging, nausea, vomiting, salivation, and lacrimation
What are the three subgroups of the order hymenoptera?
apidae (honey bees/bumble bees-like to be away from humans and are passive
vesidae (yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps-can sting multiple times
What are the signs and symptoms of a sting by a coral, sea anemone, jellyfish, or portuguese man o'war?
urticarial wheals, pain, pruritis, weakness, nausea, vomiting, malaise, severe abdominal pain, dysphagia, fever, chills, muscle pain, body spasms, vertigo, ataxia, paralysis, delirium, syncope, dyspnea, and severe chest pain
What is the txmt for a sea urchin sting?
hot water soaks, 115-125 degrees for 30-90 minutes with vinegar
Where are the poisonous spines located on the venomous spiny fish?
along the dorsal, pectoral, and anal fins
What is the txmt for a sting from a venomous spiny fish?
hot water immersion for 30-90 minutes, clean and debride, pain control, tetanus, antibiotics for secondary infection
What medications should you avoid to help prevent cold injuries?
medications that promote peripheral vascularity such as morphine, thorazine, barbiturates, and CNS depressants. Also avoid tobacco and alcohol.
What is the temp. using heated humidified oxygen to rewarm a hypothermic patient?
110-115 degrees. It is used with other rewarming methods
What results from intermittent exposure to temps. above freezing accompanied by high humidity (32-35 deg)?
What are the signs and symptoms of chilblains?
red pruritic skin lesions. after 3-6 hr exposures you will see no sequelae and/or subcutaneous vesicles with or without cyanosis. After 6-12 hr exposure you will see lasting edema, pain, ache, scaling, desquamation, and no deep tissue damage
What are the two phases of cold water immersion syndrome?
hyperemic phase-hot with intense burning
vasospastic phase-pale or cyanotic with diminished pulses
What results from crystallization of water in the skin and adjacent tissues and is produced by exposure to temps below the freezing point?
What is first degree frostbite?
freezing without blistering or peeling, skin is red and yields to pressure, white or yellowish plaque at site, and edema is common
What is second degree frostbite?
freezing with clear blistering and peeling, skin is white and cold but still yields to pressure, superficial vesicles surrounded by erythema, appears 6hrs after thawing and can last 5 days
How do you prevent heat injuries?
physical conditioning, fluid and salt intake, acclimatization (8-10 days), and proper clothing
What are the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion?
weakness, dizziness, stupor, headache, muscle cramps, cool/pale skin
What is a true emergency characterized by uncontrolled elevation of core body temp due to the failure of the hypothalamus?
What are the signs and symptoms of heat stroke?
muscle twitching progressing to convulsions, cessation of sweating (late sign and is hot/dry/flushed skin)
What is the sequence of events for a drowning victim?
hypoxemia, laryngospasm, fluid aspiration ineffective circulation, brain injury, and brain death (5-10 mins)
What is decompression sickness (caisson dz, the bends)?
occupational hazard of divers, dissolved gases (nitrogen) saturate tissues from an increase in water pressure, escape as gas bubbles during ascent, water pressure increases one atmosphere every 35 feet below the surface
What is AGE?
arterial gas embolism-gas enters the arterial system and becomes blockages or emboli. CNS and heart most susceptible.
What are the signs and symptoms of pulmonary over inflation syndrome?
sudden onset, dizziness, paralysis or weakness, blurred vision, parasthesia, convulsions, dyspnea, chest pain, ANY neurological deficit occuring within 10 minutes of surfacing
What are the signs/symptoms of pulmonary embolism?
abrupt onset of dyspnea, cough, hemoptysis (most common complaint)