You Are An Emergency Medical Technician And Are Called To The Home Of Kevin, A 13-week-old Boy Who Has Become Listless And Is Having Trouble Breathing. Can You Help?


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David Gill Profile
David Gill answered
The child shows weird symptoms which could be linked to a number of diseases or problems. The problems that Kevin is suffering from could be polio, Rye’s syndrome, botulism or Guillion’s-Barre syndrome. In situations like this, it’s difficult to say precisely what should be done for the child. Given the severity of the situation, the child must be taken to the hospital immediately in order to receive specialist treatment to help him with all his symptoms.

As for the emergency medical technician, simple measures that could help Kevin to continue breathing (and start breathing better) could be used. This could be as simple as gas and air. Basically, the child must remain in the best state possible as he travels to the hospital.

Treating a problem like this can be difficult for an emergency medical technician, given how serious the problems are. The only way that you can ensure that Kevin will be able to get better if specialist treatment is provided in a place like a hospital. The emergency medical technician is there to help the child when it is travelling to a place with better facilities, but that doesn’t mean the technician is powerless to ease Kevin’s suffering.

During the trip, it could be beneficial if the emergency medical technician takes the time to talk to the parents about the problem, ask some questions, and explain what is going to happen. This session can let the technician know precisely what is wrong with the child, and could even result in them being able to provide a general diagnosis. If that diagnosis is made, the technician could even do something about it on the ambulance and provide an accurate prediction of the problem to the doctor upon arrival.
Lisa Marie Halsey Muniz Profile
I have no idea that is a hard one.  Did Kevin have some kind of stroke?  That would cause some of the symptoms going on I would think.  I am just a medical assistant/cna.  Good question, good luck.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
There are really a couple of things that it can be, polio, rye's syndrome, guillion's-barre`syndrome, or due to botulism. Has this poor child been seen to, and have they found out which it is?
Wanda Roth Profile
Wanda Roth answered
West Nile Virus
Kevin presents symptoms of guillion-bar, etc but all the the symptoms combined; the blank eyes, malaise, and overall body and flaccid bowel indicate west nile virus

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