Essays on Cases in Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine Case Study

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The paper “ Cases in Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine ” is an exciting example of the case study on health sciences & medicine. With the increase in health care services complications, there has been an increased need for the transfer of ill patients from one hospital to the other, to transport critically ill patients accompanied by specialists with appropriate and adequate equipment. The distance involved in transfers has triggered the use of aerial transportation of patients as well as for the retrieval teams. On the other hand patients, transport has increased mobility and mortality, though the Aero-medical mode of transport can be challenging and hazardous. The major difference between the modes of transport for ill patients is the attitude effect.

According to Dalton’ s law increase in attitude would lead to a decrease in the pressure of oxygen. Boyle’ s law states that an increase in attitude would lead to increased air volume and when the air volume is restricted it brings about an increase in air pressure which could be dangerous to the ill patient (Beyer, Land & Zaristsky 1992). There is also a decrease in temperature when the attitude increases and water pressure reduces leading to decreased air humidity.

Therefore environmental factors not only have clinical issues but also determine the equipment to be used. Factors that led to the death of the patient were due to delay and failure to administer the right care at the right time possible. Aeromedical transport modes are always supposed to be equipped but the helicopter had not been tasked when the passing motorist provided information about the scene (Beyer, Land & Zaristsky 1992). It waited until the time they got the confirmation code from the local ambulance team.

Another factor is that the helicopter was not accompanied by the professional aeromedical; professional hence the patient was not attended completely before transportation. Minimal increase in attitude should have led to the death of patients due to increased pressure and temperatures as a result of reduced water in the air.



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