By Dan Limmer
1) Low-Risk Syncope – Pearls and Pitfalls
I’ll admit that I prefer medical calls over trauma—and that syncope might just be my favorite—so this article stands out to me. I believe it helps EMS providers understand syncope and is a great example of how thinking and medicine intersect. Almost 50% of syncope patients don’t leave the hospital with a diagnosis. What do we do in that case? Understand the basic pathophysiologies that surround syncope, be aware of how risk factors play in decision-making and perform a good assessment. Many of these physician sites have concepts that don’t apply to EMS but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting and informative.