I wrote two articles on EMS 1 about respiratory conditions that are easily misdiagnosed. Heart failure and pneumonia can both cause respiratory distress, and both may cause crackles and wheezing. They also frequently occur in elderly patients with a host of other chronic medical problems. Waveform capnography can help differentiate them, and here’s how:
- 4 things paramedics need to know about capnography and heart failure.
- 3 things paramedics need to know about pneumonia, respiratory compromise, and sepsis.
Check them out and let me know what you think.