From the monthly archives: "March 2014"

hand holding gun active shooterOn this episode of the Disaster Podcast host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic caught up with a team of educators from Paragon Medical Education Group in Nashville, Tennessee by phone after they had taught a two-day active shooter training class for a group of diverse responders and medical professionals. Included in the class were emergency medical services responders (EMS) like EMTs and paramedics, police officers, fire fighters and hospital staff like doctors and nurses.

The focus of the class was to teach them how to work together to save lives immediately after the onset of these incidents. The goal is to work more closely with police officers clearing the scene so that injured victims can be treated quickly enough to save lives that had previously been lost due to rapid blood loss from wounds.

This is a challenge for first responders who have been taught for years to “stage” at a safe distance until the shooter is found and the building cleared. This scene safety paradigm is changing so that EMS crews enter the scene right behind police officers who quickly establish a safe perimeter around victims so that paramedics and EMTs can treat and transport victims more rapidly.

Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.

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tornado-storm-damage-collapse-crushIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, frequent guest Dr. Joe Holley joins our hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic to talk about the challenges of dealing with crush injuries. These are typically injuries suffered when someone is trapped for a long period of time in a position with heavy objects on their extremities.

Joe points out to Jamie that it’s a more common injury than a responder might think. Anyone who is put in a position where they can’t move for a long period of time can suffer the effects of a crush injury. Think of an elderly person who falls and remains on the floor in the same position for a long period of time before they’re found. Their own body weight becomes the crushing object that causes a crush syndrome type of injury.

Check out this episode where Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group shares some of his extensive medical knowledge with our audience.

Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.

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Dr. Joe Holley Leads Cadaver Lab

In this episode of the Disaster Podcast, hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley get together to listen to some reactions to the disaster cadaver lab conducted at EMS Today by the folks at Paragon Medical Education Group. Sam took a voice recorder and went down to the lab to collect some on the spot interviews with some of the students as they were participating in the stations set up for the cadavers.

The comments were all positive and included Sam’s favorite from one participant who called the lab set up “morbidly awesome.” Sam also talked to several people from around the U.S. and even a paramedic from Canada who was down visiting the conference for the first time.

It is events and educational experiences like this that make conferences like EMS Today such a positive experience for the attendees. If you have never visited one of these conferences in your health care specialty, whether it’s EMS or another field, you need to make a point to go and participate at least once in your career. You won’t regret it!

Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.

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Emergency-Red-Cross-Tent-DisasterThis week’s Disaster Podcast episode is the final segment recorded in our LIVE podcast studio at EMS Today sponsored by Physio-Control, JEMS.com and PennWell. Host Sam Bradley was joined again by our partners from Paragon Medical Education Group with Dr. Joe Holley and paramedic Jim Logan. Also coming back for this segment is California DMAT 6 Deputy Commander Andrew Swartzell.

In this episode the gang talks about how responders can join and train with disaster response units in their region. This is a much better alternative than self-deploying to a disaster region on your own initiative. You gain the necessary training and deploy with the support and resources you need to keep doing your important job when you go in with a dedicated unit.

Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.

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