In our state (Connecticut), BLS (with sponsor hospital approval) can do the following life-saving interventions:
Defibrillate with AED
Give Epinephrine in Anaphylaxis
Apply CPAP to Severe Respiratory Distress
Give Narcan to Hypoventilating Opiate Overdoses
Give ASA to Chest Pain.
Transmit 12-lead ECG
Speed Trauma and Stroke Patients to the Hospital
Here’s what They Can’t Do:
Cardiovert Conscious Patient in VT
Give Epi IV for Refractory Anaphylaxis
Give Benzos to Seizing Patients
Give Benzos (and sometimes Haldol) to Crazy Violent Patients
Give NTG to Patients in Pulmonary Edema
Give Breathing Treatments to Wheezing Patients.
Perform a Surgical Airway in a Patient Without an Airway.
Give Fentanyl or Morphine to Patients with Broken Bones or Severe Abdominal Pain
Do a Needle Decompression for a Hypotensive Trauma Patient with No Lungs Sounds on One Side
Give D10 to Hypoglycemic Diabetics
Interpret 12-lead ECG and Call STEMI Alerts
Protect Airway with ET Tube or Alternative Advanced Airway
Use McGills to Clear...
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