From the monthly archives: "January 2015"

man in hypothermia on a white background.The Disaster Podcast team takes on hypothermia in disaster situations. What are the concerns for both rescuers and patients in cold weather rescue situations? We’ll address that in this episode. Joining podcast hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley is Dr. Joe Holley from the Paragon Medical Education Group and Tennessee Task Force One.

Jamie and Sam Ask Dr. Joe about the specific concerns for USAR and other deployed rescuers in cold weather and also about the pathophysiology of hypothermia.

When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.

Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

Victims of hypothermia are often (1) elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating; (2) babies sleeping in cold bedrooms; (3) people who remain outdoors for long periods—the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.; and (4) people who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs.

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. The first 10 responders will be entered in a draw to win a very special survival knife.

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. We thank shootingauthority.com for the info on survival gear and their statistics, 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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This episode of the Disaster Podcast picks up where we left off last week in the difficult discussion of dealing with critical incident stress and burnout for medical and healthcare professionals. How do you recognize the signs of unmitigated stress and burnout in yourself and your coworkers? We’ll look at that and offer some possible interventions and solutions in this week’s episode. Check out this episode with hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, Sam Bradley, and guests doctors Joe Holley and Jim Brasiel. Jim offers additional resources at ReadyEnterprises.org.

Nursing-from-Within-coverSome of the solutions mentioned include getting active, engaging in meditation techniques, and using workplace resources for stress management. An excellent book written for nurses on the topic by nurse educator and lecturer Elizabeth Scala is “Nursing From Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds.” This book is an excellent resource for all healthcare professionals dealing with stress and burnout.

Rainbows-in-Cobwebs-coverAlso, a book that our co-host Sam Bradley contributed to is “Rainbows In Cobwebs: Stories Of Hope In The Storms Of Life” which is a collection of stories that are meant to uplift and affirm life in challenging times.

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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This episode of the Disaster Podcast deals with the difficult topics of stress and burnout in medical and emergency response careers. EMTs, paramedics, nurses and doctors all deal with difficult patient situations that impact them in a number of ways. How these medical professionals deal with this stress is important and often has an impact on patient care outcomes. Check out this episode with hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, Sam Bradley, and guests doctors Joe Holley and Jim Brasiel. Jim offers additional resources at ReadyEnterprises.org.

Nursing-from-Within-coverSome of the solutions mentioned include getting active, engaging in meditation techniques, and using workplace resources for stress management. An excellent book written for nurses on the topic by nurse educator and lecturer Elizabeth Scala is “Nursing From Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds.” This book is an excellent resource for all healthcare professionals dealing with stress and burnout.

Rainbows-in-Cobwebs-coverAlso, a book that our co-host Sam Bradley contributed to is “Rainbows In Cobwebs: Stories Of Hope In The Storms Of Life” which is a collection of stories that are meant to uplift and affirm life in challenging times.

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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DisasterPodcast_Expo2014_screenshotIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, host Sam Bradley (@sambradley11) is joined by paramedic Jim Logan from Memphis Fire Department, Dr. Joe Holley, Medical Director for Tennessee Task Force 1 USAR team and Dr. Brian Froelke Medical Director for Missouri EMS. They are sitting and chatting at the EMS World Expo 2014 event in Nashville Tennessee earlier this month. The team discusses the challenges facing state EMS directors in preparing their state teams for disasters and major events.

Thanks to Paragon Medical Education Group for sponsoring this episode of the MedicCast TV podcast and to Physio-Control for sponsoring our podcast studio at EMS World Expo 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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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