Booze & weed. Hard rock fans typically don't do much more than those two. Intoxicated pukers and mosh pit injuries will make up 80% of patients.
We work a concert called Coachella Fest. It has a very wide music range from rock to pop to metal.
We get drunk patients, cocaine, LSD, acid, Molly, weed, Special K (not the cereal), meth, and every other drug that is made.
S/S really vary. We will get everything from altered patients to respiratory arrests and cardiac arrests.
Meth? In the IE?
For the out of towners, meth is the drug of choice around here.
you guys call it special k too? thought that was just an irish thing! has anyone come across blue ghost before? a couple months back i had a teen go into cardiac arrest after swallowing a fist full. from what we where told its a pretty potent version of extacy cut with something random.
meth hasnt hit these shores yet from what i see, does it really turn people into zombies?
Bath salts is the zombie drug from my encounters... Almost always a bad day with that stuff.
WHy not list of what not to expect?
Seriously, good info here.
OP, since the variety is great and the discipline is nonexistent, expect that polypharmacy including alcohol, and the fact that many street drugs are not what they purport to be, will yield many different sets of symptoms.*
For the experienced people, how best to interface with receiving hospitals? Do they want drug samples? Blood or urine or vomitus specimens? Field-started IVs? How much hx etc is expected?
* EDIT: People will even exhibit S/S without active drugs in their systems, or exaggerated S/S with just say moderate ETOH, IF they have been led to expect them.
I usually start off with a good apology to the recieving doc(im sorry but your going to have to deal with this guy), hand over any extra or unused substances that may have appeared from the pockets en route to the ED.