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I work as an EMT-Advanced with Paramedics on an ALS unit as a FireFighter. Why do we give DuoNeb as a first line drug as apposed to Albuterol?

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Dr. Mitchel Schwindt
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Combo

EMS treatment protocols are created by individual medical directors.
The DuoNeb contains both Ipratropium and Albuterol. This combo treats both asthma and COPD patients as first responders may not know the underlying cause of a patient's breathing difficulty. The two medications work together to open airways (treating bronchospasm).
reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8797400

In brief: Combo

EMS treatment protocols are created by individual medical directors.
The DuoNeb contains both Ipratropium and Albuterol. This combo treats both asthma and COPD patients as first responders may not know the underlying cause of a patient's breathing difficulty. The two medications work together to open airways (treating bronchospasm).
reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8797400
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