Remember to treat the patient, not the monitor

On this episode of Inside EMS, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the adage of treating the patient, not the monitor. While the numbers are a vital piece of the puzzle, it’s important to look at the information in context of what’s going on with the patient as a whole, the duo reminds listeners.

During the discussion, Grayson touches on the concept of defensive medicine, which happens when a provider or ER physician does myriad tests to see what will “stick” regarding a patient’s symptoms. Grayson also offers tips for providers who are working to use monitor numbers as a starting point to treating the whole patient.

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