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BACKGROUND Patients present to police, Emergency Medical Services, and the emergency department with aggressive behavior, altered sensorium, and a host of other signs that may include hyperthermia, "superhuman" strength, diaphoresis, and lack of willingness to yield to overwhelming force. A certain percentage of these individuals will go on to expire from a(More)
A six-year series encompassing 1,073 cases of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) was analyzed and compared with 13,266 hospital CPR cases in the literature. SEMC had a CPR success rate of 56% and a survival-to-discharge rate of 24%, compared with 39% and 17%, respectively, in the literature. Compared with the(More)
The development of modern cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an exciting and surprising history to modern health professionals who rarely are aware of how new CPR really is. Artificial respiration began in the 16th century with Vesalius's work on living animals; progressed with the rise and fall of mouth-to-mouth, manual, and positive pressure(More)
Though drug fever from methyldopa is well known, to my knowledge fever and hypotension simulating septic shock have never been described in this country as a syndrome resulting from methyldopa therapy. Three such cases are presented here, all proved on rechallenge. They erroneously accounted for almost 6% of all cases of septic shock at St Elizabeth Medical(More)
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