From the monthly archives: "August 2014"

soldiers-field-carrying-injured-soldierIn this very special episode of the Disaster Podcast we pick up where we left off last week with our discussion on hemorrhage control. We are joined again by trauma surgeon, inventor and educator Dr. Dennis Filips to talk about common misconceptions in controlling severe bleeding. Dennis is the creator of the IT Clamp that is an amazing and simple tool to quickly control severe bleeding in most situations.

Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley along with Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group all continue the discussion on hemorrhage control with a look at tourniquets. There are some common misconceptions and challenges with the application of these trauma management tools.

Tourniquets have to be applied correctly and reassessed frequently to make sure they are doing the job they are intended to do. Sometimes they must be adjusted, tightened or a second proximal tourniquet applied to get the desired effect of stemming flow of blood to the distal extremity.

Make sure you check out last week’s first half segment on the “Not Your Father’s Hemorrhage Control” where the team asks Dennis about initial misconceptions about major trauma and hemorrhage control from his battlefield experiences.

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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Drop of blood isolated on white backgroundIn this very special episode of the Disaster Podcast we are joined by trauma surgeon, inventor and educator Dr. Dennis Filips to talk about common misconceptions in controlling severe bleeding. Dennis is the creator of the IT Clamp that is an amazing and simple tool to quickly control severe bleeding in most situations.

Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley along with Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group all sat down this week to chat with Dennis. Their goal was to ask questions and challenge preconceived notions about hemorrhage control.

What surprised both Jamie and Sam was that much of what they learned in paramedic and nursing school about controlling severe bleeding was incorrect or at least incomplete. The first question that came up was the notion that direct pressure is almost always incorrectly applied to a severely bleeding wound. The pressure must be applied with great force and targeted to the specific site of bleeding within a wound and not diffusely applied to the whole wound surface.

Make sure you check out next week’s second half segment on the Trouble with Tourniquets where the team asks Dennis about the challenges and incomplete training associated with applying tourniquets to limbs with severe bleeding.

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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Hungry children in refugee camp, distribution of humanitarian foodThis episode features DMAT team member Wendy Hess, an ER nurse and friend of host Sam Bradley. Hosts Sam and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic are also joined in this episode by Dr. Joe Holley and paramedic Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group. Wendy came on the show to chat with the team about her work with a medical aid group called Santa Cruz to El Salvador.

Santa Cruz to El Salvador (http://www.santacruzalsalvador.org) seeks to enhance and enrich the lives of our sisters and brothers in the Cuidadela de Guillermo Ungo, El Salvador as well as our Monterey Bay participants through relationship-building delegations, Prayer Partner connections and fund raising. Santa Cruz al Salvador is comprised of Lutheran and Presbyterian churches in the Monterey Bay area.

Medical aid teams like this one go to many remote areas of the world without definitive healthcare and provides them clinics to treat illnesses and injuries and attempt to improve the health and wellness of communities there. There are many of these NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations) that operate out there like Doctors Without Borders and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). You can visit these organizations websites and others like them to find out how you can donate money, resources and time to help out communities around the world in need of improved medical care.

Contact Wendy for more information on her trips by email here.

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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Earthquake Green Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds and Sky.In this episode of the Disaster Podcast, hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, are joined by Dr. Joe Holley from the Paragon Medical Education Group to kick off a show that looks at unexpected disasters for your region, wherever that might be. A recently posted news item from the United States Geological Survey where they updated the earthquake hazards for the U.S.

New Insight on the Nation’s Earthquake Hazards – via USGS.gov

Jamie, Sam and Joe talk about how we are all at least somewhat prepared for common disasters seen in our regions – hurricanes for Gulf and East Coast regions, floods in the central U.S. and earthquake and wildfires in the West. But what about unexpected disasters? The new earthquake hazard map for the U.S. features some alarming updates for parts of the country that might have thought they were earthquake-free.

Joe makes some predictions about the preparedness of the Mississippi region for a major New Madrid fault zone earthquake that could disrupt transportation and communication for the entire United States. He also looks at what he would do should he wake up to a major quake where his USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team would be needed closer to home. The hosts also talk about how other U.S. disaster resources would be deployed in the event of such an event.

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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