ECG Reveals Effects of Multi-Substance Suicide Attempt

The Case Medic 49 was called to a wooded area near a private residence for a missing person and concern for overdose. Police were already on scene and had walked approximately 0.5 miles into the wooded area behind the home where they found a 30-year-old female unresponsive with several pill bottles nearby. The family, who had reported the patient missing, stated that the patient had a history of suicidal thoughts. On EMS arrival, the patient was still unresponsive and hypoxic with an oxygen saturation of 76% on RA. The patient was also tachycardic to 130 and had an initial blood pressure of 140/90. The patient was not moving spontaneously and did not localize to painful stimuli. She would moan spontaneously, but was not speaking in words or sentences. A bag valve mask (BVM) was applied and the patient was provided with positive pressure breaths. She was carried out of the woods on a Reeve’s with no evidence of trauma. Police took the empty pill bottle near the patient. The patient was placed in the ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital. En route, the patient became hypotensive to 80/40 with improved oxygen saturation with BVM to 89% and she remained tachycardic. Shortly before arrival to the hospital, the patient had no palpable pulse and CPR was started. A right tibial intraosseous (IO) access was initiated. She received 1mg of epinephrine and was noted to be in pulseless electrical activity (PEA) arrest. On arrival to the hospital, the patient remained in PEA. She ...
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Source: CNN.com - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: National Institute of Mental Health - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: news
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