snake bite awareness
Make sure you check out part one of this episode from last week!
In part two of the episode, we look at what to carry for snake bite during disaster response. Basic wide bandages, duct tape, quick clot bandages and general first aid supplies are what Dr. Ben Abo (benabo@ufl.edu) carries when traveling to wilderness locations. Dr. Joe Holley and the Tennessee Task Force One USAR Team carry CroFab – the synthetic pit viper antivenin.
For non-indigenous snakes, such as exotic pets that get loose, many systems have to reach out to local and regional zoos to get the necessary venom treatments for exotic snakes. In the Miami region, there are special venom teams such as Venom One. Poison centers around the country can reach out to them and gain access to specialized knowledge and logistical assistance to transport the antivenin for a specific bite. Dr. Ben Abo makes the comment that with Venomous bites, logistics saves lives.
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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

snake biteWe have Dr. Ben Abo (benabo@ufl.edu) on the show tonight to talk about some common myths about snake bite injuries. Before he comes on, Kyle Nelson (@WxKyleNelson), our resident severe and disaster weather expert, joins us to talk about the upcoming severe weather roundup. Also on the call is Dr. Joe Holley calling in from his home base in Memphis.
First are the old myths about coral snakes in North America. The rhyme about  “Red touch black, safe for Jack. Red touches yellow, kills a fellow” is only true for one variety of coral snake in North America. It’s also a myth that coral snakes have to “latch on” for the venom to transmit. The coral snake venom is a neurotoxin and the effects can be delayed for hours after the bite. The only treatment is the antivenin for that particular bite. There are often permanent effects depending on where the bite is located.

Pit Viper Snake Bite

Aside from the coral snake, most of the venomous snakes in North America are pit vipers (rattlesnakes, copperheads, water moccasins, etc.) The good news is that most of these use a common synthetic antivenin to treat all of them. The biggest problem is inappropriate field treatments. For pit vipers, which have a cellular toxin, it is NOT recommended to apply a tourniquet of any kind to the area above the wound. Otherwise, the toxin will pool in the area around the wound and cause additional cellular damage.
Other Snake Bite Don’ts:
Don’t chase after the snake.
Don’t try to capture the snake.
Don’t handle a dead snake. Even a dead snake’s fangs can envenom someone.
Make sure you check out part two of this episode next week!

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Dr. Neal Richmond, MD

Dr. Neal Richmond, MD

In the second half of the call that started in part one last week, Dr. Neal Richmond discusses an example of understanding the real mechanics and psychological aspects of working in the field out of a classroom. He discusses helping providers understand the tiny incremental changes they need to implement to improve something like cardiac arrest survival in their communities.

We also discuss the importance of training across the systems that will respond in a community. Whether it be mutual aid organizations or split Fire/EMS departments who only interact on relatively few calls. Multi-agency training is an essential part of managing critical patients.
There is also a discussion on the merits of ongoing refresher training to maintain infrequently used skills. We can’t expect emergency responders to understand how to do the things they need to do without giving them the tools and opportunities to practice them.
If you want to reach out to Dr. Neal Richmond to find about how your system can improve the metrics they track and the QA systems you use, email him at nrichmond@medstar911.org.
Make sure you join us for part two of this informative episode next week.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Dr. Neal Richmond, MD

Dr. Neal Richmond, MD

Dr. Neal Richmond comes on the show this week in part one of a two-part episode to share his outlook on emergency response to disasters and mass casualty incidents (MCIs). He started his work with EMS in New York City when he became associated with FDNY. Then he moved to Louisville, Kentucky to help with medical direction in their system them. Lately, he’s been working with MedStar as a medical director.

Neal is interested in the differences between what we call disasters and what we call MCIs. Some may think they have a lot in common while others would point out the major differences (as Neal does). He starts off talking about the way some EMS responders wait for the “big one” which might occur once in a career, if ever. He proposes that if we look at the way some systems handle everyday, run of the mill EMS calls, that they add up to an MCI call all on their own because the responders drop the ball in some way.
The answer to the proposed question is that we can find answers within the data from these average calls with adverse patient events. When systems do really accurate quality assurance (QA), they have the information they need to identify the areas in need of change within a system. The important thing to do when these deficiencies are noted is to treat them as educational opportunities and not disciplinary opportunities.
If you want to reach out to Dr. Neal Richmond to find about how your system can improve the metrics they track and the QA systems you use, email him at nrichmond@medstar911.org.
Make sure you join us for part two of this informative episode next week.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Guest Christopher Tarantino comes on the Disaster Podcast to talk about his work with social media and technology advances with Epicenter Media & Training (http://www.epimetra.com) as well as the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (http://ndptc.hawaii.edu). Christopher is one of the instructors who teaches classes around the country for local emergency and disaster managers on social media and the future of technology in disaster and emergency response. He shares his vision of how the world of disaster response and management will look completely different in the not too far off future. With the advent of smart technology, including smart homes and smart buildings, emergency managers will find their roles and tools in a response changing to one that uses technology crowd-sourcing and other advanced sources of information.
Joining us on the call with Christopher are our weather expert Kyle Nelson https://twitter.com/wxkylenelson, Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group, as well as our hosts, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley. The discussion covers topics of how local, state, federal, and international resources use social media to help monitor the aftermath of a disaster. Christopher talks about how local resources can outsource their social media monitoring off-site and even around the world to an area that is not dealing with a current disaster. For example, a disaster manager in Rochester, New York can utilize a social media monitor who lives in New Zealand, halfway around the world.
Find Christopher and his company Epicenter Media & Training on twitter at @epimetra @Tarantino4me and online at epicentermediatraining.com

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

First Responder SuicideIn this episode, we have a special visit from Dan Maguire from CISM Perspectives on the show. Dan is one of the preeminent experts on the topic of critical incident stress management (CISM) and line of duty death (LODD). He talks with co-hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley about the increased incidence of first responder and public safety suicide.
Also on the call are Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group and our resident disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson. Dan shares his new test program to shove public safety managers out of their comfort zones when it comes to the topic of LODD and specifically suicide. Documents now show public safety suicide rates are 40% higher than previously reported.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Grand CanyonWe return this week for part two of our episode interview on preparedness and prehospital care with Dr. Drew Harrell, medical director for the Grand Canyon National Park. Their service deals with rough terrain, swift water rescues, rabid animal outbreaks, high angle rescue, air lifts and more. They have serious challenges that put them almost always at an extreme distance from definitive care. Often, rescuers spend the night with their patients before a rescue can be staged.
Drew shares some of the amazing rescue and prevention situations worked by the PSAR teams (Park Search and Rescue). In the summer months especially, they deal with many exertional hyponatremia cases where the PSAR teams have to replenish both fluids and electrolytes in life-threatening medical cases.
Find Dr. Drew Harrell on Twitter @EMSDrDrew.
Kyle Nelson asks Drew a question about how PSAR teams are dispatched for response in the Grand Canyon National Park. Drew details how a PSAR shift coordinator mans the dispatch center with the regular dispatchers to determine if a search and rescue situation is dictated.
Joe Holley, chimes in to ask about some of the unique medical tools used in the field by the PSAR teams like TXA (Tranexamic Acid) to manage hemorrhage patients in the park when there is an extended rescue situation and transport times of hours or even days to reach definitive care.
Joe follows up the TXA question with an additional question on the training requirements for the park rangers, PSAR team members and the other responders in the park. Drew calls the Grand Canyon National Park EMS responders masters of prioritization and improvisation.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Grand Canyon Rescue ServicesWe are going to bring you a potpourri of topics to start off this episode. We start off with Kyle Nelson’s weekly weather report on a rash of tornadoes sweeping through the lower midwest the week we recorded this episode. Then we chat briefly with B.J. Schneider about a drunk driver careening into crowds on a Mardi Gras parade route in Louisiana.
The real topic of the call is to cover preparedness and prehospital care with Dr. Drew Harrell, medical director for the Grand Canyon National Park. Their service deals with rough terrain, swift water rescues, rabid animal outbreaks, high angle rescue, air lifts and more. They have serious challenges that put them almost always at an extreme distance from definitive care. Often, rescuers spend the night with their patients before a rescue can be staged.
Drew shares some of the amazing rescue and prevention situations worked by the PSAR teams (Park Search and Rescue). In the summer months especially, they deal with many exertional hyponatremia cases where the PSAR teams have to replenish both fluids and electrolytes in life-threatening medical cases.

Find Dr. Drew Harrell on Twitter @EMSDrDrew.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Trek MedicsIn this episode, Disaster Podcast co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley are joined by Jason Friesen, the founder of Trek Medics International. Trek Medics is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing access to emergency medical services in third world countries.
Trek Medics started as a loose-knit collection of your every-day responders — paramedics, EMTs, nurses, and doctors — who formed a unique bond through disaster deployments and international development programs. Even after thousands of hours working on the street and in emergency departments, what really opened our eyes to the need for an adaptable and inexpensive EMS systems in developing countries was the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Our experiences there forever forged the mission of Trek Medics.
Trek Medics developed Beacon to help with the delivery of care. Beacon is an open-source text message-based emergency medical dispatching platform designed by Trek Medics International and developed specifically for communities where consistent ambulance response is not available. By relaying text messages from the scene of an emergency to trained responders throughout the community, Beacon enables the nearest available emergency care providers to quickly locate, treat, and transport emergency victims to local hospitals.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Dr Brian Froelke Joplin Tornado

Dr Brian Froelke

On the show this week we have a return visit from Dr. Brian Froelke from Missouri to do a follow-up episode from our recent episode with Tamara Heiner about the resilient women of Joplin.

Also joining us on the show is our resident weather expert, Kyle Nelson (@wxKyleNelson) to talk about the disaster weather outlook and news for the week.

About Dr. Brian Froelke

Brian works as an ER doc at a level 1 trauma center in the St. Louis area situated at Washington College. He’s also involved with federal DMAT response and a variety of state-level disaster response programs. He responded to the Joplin tornado disaster with the state disaster teams.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.