From the monthly archives: "July 2015"

vmr-logoWe’re talking Vertical and Mountain Medicine Response again on this week’s two-part Disaster Podcast episode. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by regular guest Dr. Joe Holley this week to continue a discussion about a specialized wilderness response in mountainous or high-angle terrain. Joining us again is Dr. Seth Hawkins who was on the original wilderness EMS episode with us. Also joining us is Pearce Beissinger, a physician’s assistant specializing in cardiology in his day job but an experienced vertical response specialist in his extracurricular activities.

Pearce and Seth started the company Vertical Medicine Resources to address the need for specialized training and resources for these types of response scenarios. Vertical Medicine Resources is a medical guiding and consulting team dedicated to provide training and support for clients in a vertical environment. Whether at the local crag, a desolate alpine ridge, or trekking through remote highland villages, our mission is to assist individuals and groups with their adventures in vertical and mountainous terrain, prevent injuries while in these surroundings, and overcome challenges to succeed in their personal and professional summits.

Find out more about them using the links below:

Vertical Medicine Resources on Facebook

Vertical Medicine Resources on Twitter

VMR Tools and Products Page

Wilderness Medicine Protocols Link

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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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vmr-logoWe’re talking Vertical Medicine Response on this week’s Disaster Podcast. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by regular guest Dr. Joe Holley this week to expand on an earlier episode on Wilderness EMS response to talk about a specialized wilderness response in mountainous or high-angle terrain. Joining us again is Dr. Seth Hawkins who was on the original wilderness EMS episode with us. Also joining us is Pearce Beissinger, a physician’s assistant specializing in cardiology in his day job but an experienced vertical response specialist in his extracurricular activities.

Pearce and Seth started the company Vertical Medicine Resources to address the need for specialized training and resources for these types of response scenarios. Vertical Medicine Resources is a medical guiding and consulting team dedicated to provide training and support for clients in a vertical environment. Whether at the local crag, a desolate alpine ridge, or trekking through remote highland villages, our mission is to assist individuals and groups with their adventures in vertical and mountainous terrain, prevent injuries while in these surroundings, and overcome challenges to succeed in their personal and professional summits.

Find out more about them using the links below:

Vertical Medicine Resources on Facebook

Vertical Medicine Resources on Twitter

VMR Tools and Products Page

Wilderness Medicine Protocols Link

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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. Dan Diamond

Dr. Dan Diamond

Dr. Dan Diamond, MD is back on the show this week with some more lessons to be learned from his world-wide disaster response experience. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined again by Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group to chat with Dr. Dan. The experienced disaster responder talks with the team about his experiences in response to the Philippines and his GASP principle – Get A Spherical Perspective. He says he can usually sum up each international disaster response with a single word but the Philippines disaster response required two. Check out the episode to see what he says they are.

Also, check out Dan’s other two episodes here on the show where he talks about the Hurricane Katrina response and the GASP principle.

GASP Principle at Katrina Part 1

GASP Principle at Katrina Part 2

Dr. Diamond has a passion for equipping people to perform under pressure. He founded and serves as the Director of the Nation’s first state-affiliated medical disaster response team and he has responded to a variety of international disasters. Most recently he responded to the typhoon in the Philippines and he served as the Medical Director for Medical Teams International’s First Response Team to Haiti. Following Hurricane Katrina, he played a strategic role as Director of the Mass Casualty Triage Unit at the New Orleans Convention Center. He has been interviewed on CNN, Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Past-President of NSA Northwest.

As an experienced family physician and an award-winning educator, Dr. Diamond delivers practical information with creativity and skill. Participants experience learning through a variety of effective strategies that foster rapid mastery of new information. Well known for creating an exciting learning environment, Dr. Diamond engages the mind of the learner leaving participants with an experience and information they will never forget.

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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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Arlyn LaBair, MD

Arlyn LaBair, MD

This week on the Disaster Podcast hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley bring on Sam’s cousin to share her experience with an F1 Tornado that struck her community in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Arlyn LaBair, MD is Board Certified in Family Medicine and was at her place of business when a sudden storm struck the area. She went outside and saw the clouds circling over her location. The storm pulled the screens from her windows and lifted moving boxes from the yard in front of her neighbor’s home.

denver twisterThe accompanying rain caused flash flooding that rose suddenly in about 15-20 minutes on the street out front. This caused some vehicles to begin floating down the street trapping some individuals in the cars. Local residents including some members of a local disaster response NGO team sprung into action and rescued one family from their SUV out front. Check out this amazing and inspiring episode of the Disaster Podcast.

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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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72-hour-disaster-kitWhat do you have in your 72-hour emergency disaster kit? Do you have one at home, at work and for your car? These are the questions we ask this week on the Disaster Podcast. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley were joined by Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group and Tennessee Task Force One USAR team to talk about this important disaster response and preparedness topic.

Disaster Supply Kit Contains

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items (From READY.gov site):

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and a pocket knife
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit – EFFAK (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

If you have pets, take a look at these pet product reviews, you might get better ideas from reading it. Here are some resources for you from Ready.gov and some prepackaged ready to buy resources from Amazon.com:

Ready.gov Disaster Kit List

Ready America Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack

Ready America Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack

Disaster Kits on Amazon.com

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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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