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Thursday, November 1 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Can We Reliably Estimate Perfusion Status in the Acutely Injured Patient?

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Inadequate perfusion associated with trauma is associated with significant mortality and morbidity. Paramedics play an important role in maintaining perfusion until definitive treatment can be provided. However, the use of intravascular volume replacement – often in the form of crystalloid infusion – has been shown to worsen outcomes in some cases of injury. This highlights the importance of estimating perfusion status to guide fluid replacement therapy.  This session will help the attendees understand the limitations of vital signs in assessing perfusion status in cases involving hypovolemia, and will investigate alternate approaches and technologies that may improve the assessment of perfusion. Methods discussed will include shock index, lactate, pulse pressure variability, and the compensatory reserve index.

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Bill Lord, BHlthSc, GDipCBL, MEd, PhD

Associate Professor and Discipline Leader for Paramedic Science, University of the Sunshine Coast
Bill Lord, BHlthSc, GDipCBL, MEd, PhD, has worked as a paramedic in Australia since 1981, training as an intensive care paramedic in Sydney before moving to Charles Sturt University where he was a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) program... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Room 208AB