Why would an EMT administer aspirin?
Aspirin is a common anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant that may reduce the risk and size of a myocardial infarction. EMTs are authorized to administer a 325 mg aspirin tablet to patients with signs of acute coronary syndrome.
When should you administer aspirin?
Take low-dose aspirin once a day. Don’t take it on an empty stomach. It’s best to take it with or just after food. This will make it less likely to upset your stomach.
When Should aspirin not be administered?
Because of the risk of bleeding, aspirin therapy is not recommended if you have never had a heart attack or stroke, except for certain carefully selected patients. If you’re over 70, taking aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke could do more harm than good.
When should an EMT be given aspirin?
4.1. According to the American Heart Association’s ACLS guidelines, aspirin should be given in the immediate general treatment of “chest pain suggestive of ischemia”.
Can an EMT administer aspirin to a patient with chest pain?
Introduction: Aspirin is administered to patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACSs), but prehospital providers do not administer aspirin to all patients with chest pain that could be secondary to an ACS.
What are the indications for aspirin?
- Angina pectoris.
- Angina pectoris prophylaxis.
- Ankylosing spondylitis.
- Cardiovascular risk reduction.
- Colorectal cancer.
- Ischemic stroke.
- Ischemic stroke: Prophylaxis.
What is aspirin used for?
Aspirin is used to reduce fever and relieve mild to moderate pain from conditions such as muscle aches, toothaches, common cold, and headaches. It may also be used to reduce pain and swelling in conditions such as arthritis.
Should you give aspirin if you suspect a stroke?
Call 911 and wait for help to arrive. Don’t give them any medication. Although aspirin is a blood thinner, don’t give someone aspirin while they’re having a stroke. A blood clot is only one cause of a stroke.
What would be a contraindication to administering aspirin?
Contraindications: Aspirin is contraindicated in patients with known allergy to NSAIDs and in patients with asthma, rhinitis, and nasal polyps. It may cause anaphylaxis, laryngeal edema, severe urticaria, angioedema, or bronchospasm (asthma).
Who should not use aspirin?
Some medical conditions, such as pregnancy, uncontrolled high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, asthma, peptic (stomach) ulcers, liver and kidney disease, could make aspirin a bad choice for you.
What should you check before administering aspirin?
– Assess pain and/or pyrexia one hour before or after medication. – In long-term therapy monitor renal and liver function and ototoxicity. – Assess other medication for possible interactions – especially warfarin which is a special hazard.