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Journal of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

Sudden cardiac arrest in Belgrade emergency medical technician occurring at workplace – a brand new case

Key words: sudden cardiac arrest, medical technician, EMS, workplace

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is always an important topic, which catches physicians and health professionals’ attention. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Organization, 15% of workplace fatalities are due to SCA. While the incidence of SCA among employees in other Emergency services, i.e. firefighters (1) and police (2) has been described in the literature, there are no recorded data or published studies about SCA among medical staff employees in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). We describe the rare case SCA in emergency medical technicians (EMT) while in workplace.

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Unrecognized B line mimicked pneumothorax on M mode ultrasound


Key words: lung ultrasound, B-line, pneumothorax

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Major differences between conventional and compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Dear Editor,

I read the article by Skulec et al. “Rescuer fatigue does not correlate to energy expenditure during simulated basic life support,” with great interest. (1) Although conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CCPR) has been considered a standard CPR method since 1960, compression-only CPR (COCPR) has emerged as an alternative method to CCPR because of some evidence favoring COCPR. (2,3)

Therefore, numerous studies have attempted to determine whether COCPR could indeed improve the quality of CPR. A systematic review of these studies confirmed several obvious differences. (4)

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Ingestion of foreign bodies in children: the experience of a third-level single center from 2001 to 2012

Foreign body (FB) ingestion in pediatrics is a worldwide problem of significant relevance especially for children aged 6 months-3 years. (1,2) We have performed a retrospective collaborative study to evaluate features and outcomes of FB ingestions in all 0-to-18-year-old patients from January 2001 to December 2012 in our polyclinic. Our evaluation was performed using the GIPSE database, recording and tabulating patient’s age and sex, hours and month of admission to the emergency department, type of FB ingested, symptoms, examinations performed, advice required, type of therapy, and data about eventual hospitalization, in a specific database.

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Comparison of intubation performance between four different laryngoscope blades used by novice medical students during child resuscitation

Asphyxia is a major cause of cardiac arrest in children, (1-3) therefore restoring the airway and ensuring adequate oxygenation of the patient are essential life-saving procedures. (3,4) According to the 2010 guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), the gold standard for airway management during resuscitation for both adults and children is endotracheal intubation (ETI). (1)

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