In the first full episode of the Pre Hospital Care podcast, paramedics Eoin Walker, Richard McGirr and Martin Mist discuss drug abuse in the UK and how to handle a drug-related emergency in the field.
As paramedics, they’re the first medical professionals to assess a situation before sending patients the hospital, so they need to prioritise ruthlessly in life and death situations. They see the patients at their lowest point, suffering from anything from a cardiac arrest, a severe allergic reaction or a psychotic episode.
The UK has 3 times more drug overdose-related deaths than the average in the European Union. Among many other topics, this episode covers the common and uncommon presentations of patients after drug overdoses and what paramedics need to look for and the unique problems that drug abuse brings to bear.