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Paramedics on board the Devon Air Ambulance are checking the vital signs of a patient. They carry a lot of equipment to help them monitor and treat patients. The equipment includes: · oxygen · defibrillator · entonox · cardiac monitor · vital signs monitor · ventilator · aspirator. 1. Many patients need some form of pain relief. What can the paramedics give to a patient to relieve their pain? _____________________________________________________________

2. Women who are in labour sometimes need pain relief. The relief available includes: • breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide gas and oxygen • medication • an injection of a local anaesthetic into the spine. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of relief? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________


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