Fire EMS

Esophageal Blockages

Issue 1 and Volume 173.

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fireEMS ❘ By MICK MESSOLINE Throughout emergency medical services (EMS) schooling, there is talk about the “ABCs” (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation) and the disease processes to which they are directly related. Although not every response is for a condition with an immediate risk of death, it is important to recognize that there are many presentations still considered to be time-sensitive emergencies. One potentially serious issue that is an infrequent complaint is an esophageal blockage, which is seen infrequently and often overlooked. RELATED EMS: Employing Modern Science Esophageal blockage occurs when the esophagus is occluded and nothing is allowed to pass into the stomach. For the patient, this can be a very scary situation. In a complete blockage, not even liquids can be tolerated, and the patient will vomit up everything. This article will look at causes, presentation, and treatment of this rare occurrence. Causes Although the complaint will likely be…

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