From the daily archives: "Thursday, June 19, 2014"

First-Aid-KitThis week we talked about how we educate ourselves as EMS and disaster responders. How do we stay up with the latest science, and product knowledge for optimum patient care? Dr. Joe Holley recently attended the New York City Fire Department Special Operations conference and tells us about some of the disaster medical tools he was most impressed with.

Our friend Jim Logan jumped in with thoughts about different uses for equipment and the fact that newer products are small enough to be mobile, which is especially helpful in the austere environment. Equipment that was, not that long ago, experimental and expensive is now being used routinely in disaster work.

We discussed innovative new equipment to assist with cardiac arrest and bleeding control. What about diagnostics like ultrasound that can be plugged into a computer or tablet? We also have the ability to share video information with higher level medical providers off site. How do people learn about these devices? Training, especially on “real tissue” as we have experienced in the Paragon cadaver labs, gives the user a more realistic experience.

We ended with a teaser about the need for a different model in handling active shooter and MCI incidents with tactical EMS. What are the best practices and current thinking in this area? More to follow.

Got a question for the Disaster Podcast Team? Why don’t you leave a comment below here on the site and we’ll get right back to you both in the comments area and by email, too! We look forward to hearing from you.

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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