by sharperblue » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:25 pm
by philoparts » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:58 am
by mroutdoorsman » Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:46 am
philoparts wrote:There is one problem to this; metabolic waste. If you can't breath or urinate, you have no way to get rid of metabolic waste buildup. Lack of oxygen isn't the only thing that kills you, after so many minutes (depending on temperature) serum blood potassium starts to shoot up. In the range of 8-10mEq/L, there isn't much hope of survival. They are working on a field serum potassium test for avalanche victims to determine viability after burials lasting 10+ minutes with cardiac or respiratory arrest. Still cool stuff, though. Plenty of other possible applications.
by philoparts » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:33 am
by mroutdoorsman » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:54 am
philoparts wrote:I was quoting off the Wilderness Medical Society handbook about avalanche burial. What I was getting at is that unless interventions are performed within 30 minutes of burial, viability decreases to almost nothing. The odds of getting an ALS team on scene within that amount of time is not very realistic. The odds of also having a 12-lead on scene to see a peaked T wave, prolongation of the PR interval and absent P waves besides a field test for Hyperkalemia and then having everything needed to shift the potassium into the cells....... And none of this accounts for trauma from the initial event.
by philoparts » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:26 pm
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