Medications and Resuscitation

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Resuscitation
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A skilled pharmacist, Ashkan Khabazian supports emergency medical physicians by administering drugs used in resuscitation at Shape HealthCare. To train for his career, Ashkan Khabazian secured his doctor of pharmacy through the University of Michigan.

When a person’s heart stops functioning, doctors may begin a process called resuscitation. During the procedure, they rely on a variety of strategies to encourage the heart to pump. One of those strategies involves the use of certain drugs.

For example, physicians may administer epinephrine because the drug can increase blood flow to the heart. Atropine is another drug used during resuscitation, and helps boost heart conduction and heart rate.

Other drugs function on a more situational basis. Patients whose cardiac arrest is caused by certain antidepressant overdoses may benefit from sodium bicarbonate, for instance.

Though drugs are an important part of resuscitation, they work in conjunction with other key procedures. Defibrillation, the application of electric current to directly stimulate the heart, is one of the most effective tools, but its potency declines rapidly each minute after patients fail to register a pulse.

Michigan Among Favorites to Win National College Football Title

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Michigan Among Favorites
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A PharmD graduate of the University of Michigan, Ashkan Khabazian currently serves as the lead clinical pharmacist of Sharp Memorial Hospital’s emergency department in San Diego, California. Outside of his professional life, Ashkan Khabazian is a fan of University of Michigan athletics.

Though the Alabama Crimson Tide is the favorite pick of sports analysts to become college football’s national champion, it’s the Michigan Wolverines that have emerged as an odds-on favorite among bettors in Las Vegas. At many Vegas sports books, the Wolverines have had more bets placed on them to win the title than any other team. Odds makers have responded in kind, moving Michigan from a 15-1 favorite to a 7-1 favorite, putting them only behind Alabama.

Michigan has a favorable schedule this year, which is one reason why bettors and experts believe the team could have a strong showing and perhaps even win the title. Colorado is the only Power 5 Conference team on Michigan’s non-conference schedule this season. However, the Wolverines will face road tests at Michigan State and Ohio State in conference play.