From the monthly archives: "October 2015"

Man Rappelling On Building While Aiming With GunParamedic Elsie Kusel from Alameda County EMS joins Sam to talk about the recently concluded Urban Shield training event. This event started in 2007 as a SWAT competition but over the years has broadened its scope to include fire, EMS and other disciplines. With more focus on getting EMS in sooner to stop bleeding and save lives, it’s critical for them to know how to interact with police.

At Urban Shield a group of EMS folks (including ER residents from Highland General Hospital), did two high-end scenarios embedded with a SWAT, then had a stand-alone MCI which included a handoff to an Ambulance Strike Team leader. Elsie and Sam agreed on the “train as you play” mindset and the fact that, whether it’s an active shooter scenario or an MCI, understanding and practicing concepts of interoperability with other agencies is critical for the safety and proficiency of EMS crews.

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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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Joe Holley Cadaver Research in CPRSam talked to our own Doctor Joe Holley who was spending his time at EMS World Expo 2015 with a unique educational offering. Paragon Medical Education Group, his business with Jim Logan and the sponsor of the Disaster Podcast, is breaking new ground with CPR and Cadaver Research.

The gang at Paragon are known for bringing cadaver research labs to EMS World Expo and EMS Today and with it the opportunity for EMSers to practice techniques on human tissue. Joe discussed how they also provide some of the most up-to-date new patient care products that the participants can experiment with.

This year, Paragon set up an invitation-only demonstration lab to allow participants to work with some new CPR related equipment. Also, Paragon is working with other agencies to do research on some new CPR techniques on cadavers which hasn’t been previously done.

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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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blood products in emsDisaster Podcast host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and his co-host Sam Bradley are back from their trip to EMS World Expo 2015 in Las Vegas. They chat with Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group about the use of blood products in the field. Many EMS systems worldwide are looking at ways to get blood products to multisystem trauma patients on the scene if the injury to prevent death from catastrophic blood loss.

Most of the systems using blood products in the field for medical care are doing so in Aeromedical transport situations. This makes sense because these units are often dispatched from the hospital where they can manage and rotate blood supplies to not waste this precious resource. Blood needs to be kept in tightly controlled temperature situations and must be rotated frequently with fresh blood supplies as the packaged blood ages.

The final topic of the discussion with Dr. Joe is a look at an article on a cardiac care cocktail to treat cardiac patients and potentially save lives. Joe points out that the research in the article is older and that current best practices point to other treatments to manage cardiac patients than to use the insulin/potassium cocktail.

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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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water-rescue-floodingIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and co-host Sam Bradley are joined by Dr. Joe Holley and paramedic Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group on the show to talk about the recent disaster events in the U.S. Because of the historic flooding events taking place in South Carolina, the team invites experienced Dive Paramedic and educator Kevin Reiter on the show to talk about the unique challenges of water rescue in these types of situations.

Find out more about what Kevin is up to training people on water rescue and more at WildSafety.com and you can email him at Training@wildsafety.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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Norm-Rooker-Paramedic-of-FortuneDisaster Podcast host Sam Bradley sits down with wildland firefighter and self-described “Paramedic of Fortune” Norm Rooker to talk about the challenges providing care with paramedics for crews in the austere environment of the pacific northwest. He talks about everything from the requirements of the job and training required to how to avoid bear attacks during deployments.

The paramedics and firefighters are essential parts of the fire response to provide care and support to the crews on the fire ground. These specially trained providers where the paramedics treat everything from blisters to broken bones and more. Check out this special segment with Sam and Norm.

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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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