EMS and emergency medicine practice has turned 180 degrees in the last few weeks. Now our collective focus is on how to diagnose patients with suspected COVID-19 infections, as well as appropriate testing and disposition to the appropriate facility.
This disease process is a game-changer for EMS in that we now require strict adherence to personal protective equipment guidelines when approaching these patients to mitigate risk to our healthcare professionals.
One of the identified hallmarks of this disease is the concept of “silent hypoxemia,” or simply said – where the numbers look worse than our patient. There is emerging evidence for this phenomenon and our latest podcasts and attached algorithm address what we believe to be the best practice of how to safely manage these respiratory failure patients.
Attacking the COVID-19 Airway
COVID-19 Airway Update