Acute respiratory distress is one of the more challenging patient care scenarios that the basic EMT encounters. Aggressive BLS care is what will save the severely compromised patient; the kind of care provided by pretty much every EMT anywhere. After providing solid live-saving aggressive therapy to compensate for inadequate tidal volume or other problems, the BLS technician cannot do much more. In many instances, these patients need advanced life support. Continued care with advanced level therapies will most likely be necessary to ensure a positive patient outcome.
Emergency Medical Services
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