Twitter works well for creating a searchable, "no login required" archive of notes. As a bonus, you can use it later for blogging ideas.
A hash tag is the little code preceded by a "#" that people use to indicate the topic about which they are Twittering. The idea is to ensure that tweets on the same topic can be found and aggregated more easily. Simply search for a particular hashtag on search.twitter.com. In order to make the Twitter postings (or "tweets") easily searchable, I included the hash tag "#ACLS" with each tweet.
Here are my updates from the ACLS course (the oldest post is at the bottom, the newest at the top):
AllergyNotes #ACLS "Passed ACLS at the top of the class. Not much to brag about - it's my 3rd time" -- Clarification: 3rd renewal not 3 attempts to pass.
AllergyNotes #ACLS The new books are much thinner but they have moved the info to the enclosed CD.
AllergyNotes #ACLS Ran at least 12 codes in teams in all different team positions -- much better training and fact retention than running it alone.
AllergyNotes #ACLS team positions: leader, chest compressions, breathing, IV access and medications, monitor and shock, scribe. Rotate through each one.
AllergyNotes #ACLS EMS trainers assembled a team of 6 and each of rotated through different positions in the team.
AllergyNotes #ACLS For V-Fib, start shock at 200 J biphasic, 360 J monophasic, no escalation in the dose.
AllergyNotes #ACLS Don't check pulse after shock even if successful on the monitor -- continue CPR for 2 minutes, then check pulse.
AllergyNotes #ACLS Ratio breathing : chest compressions is 30 : 2
AllergyNotes #ACLS PEA mnemonic Pulseless Electrical Activity in -- think of Possible causes, Epineprine, Atropine.
AllergyNotes #ACLS Amiodarone and Atropine doses are cut in half if the patient has pulse, e.g. Atropine 0.5 mg in bradycardia but 1 mg in asystole.
AllergyNotes #ACLS 5Hs and 5Ts differential diagnoses should be considered with almost all algorithms, copied at the bottom of the flash cards.
AllergyNotes #ACLS They simplified the algorithms since 2005.
AllergyNotes #ACLS All my ACLS updates will be tagged with #ACLS
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