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puerto-rico-gustavo-floresDr. Gustavo Flores stopped by our podcast booth at EMS World Expo and sat down to share some of his experiences riding out the storm for Hurricane Maria at his home in Puerto Rico back in September. He also talks about getting out and responding to medical emergency calls in and around his community in the hurricane’s aftermath.

Also on the show were co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley. A special thank you to Physio-Control and EMS World Expo for their help and sponsorship of the podcast studio at the conference.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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Hurricane Irma Palm Tree WindsOn the show this week, we chat with medical student Heather Langner who was moving into her apartment in the Caribbean at St. Maarten island where she attended medical school at the American University of the Caribbean. While getting settled with the help of her mother, Hurricane Irma came through and struck the Virgin Islands.

As the hurricane struck, the officials on the island put out a call for anyone with medical training such as EMTs, nurses, doctors and other health professionals. They set up areas for patient treatment even though they had very limited supplies from the medical school.

Winds from Hurricane Irma reached sustained levels of 180 miles per hour with gusts above 220. The eyewall of the storm passed over the school allowing a brief respite to evacuate partially collapsed buildings to the central school building in which most people sheltered.

After the storm passed, they opened up the doors and started taking in neighbors from nearby communities who needed treatment for mostly minor trauma injuries. Later they were evacuated back to the U.S. mainland by military transport planes.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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In this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we looked at our core podcast team’s picks for best episodes of the previous year. We also looked at the episodes we’re looking forward to going forward into 2018. On the show this week we had Sam Bradley, Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group, Kyle Nelson, and Jamie Davis.

Top Episodes from 2017:

Interview with a war zone medic from Mosul Iraq

Care of Refugees in a War Zone

Snake Bite Myths with Dr. Ben Abo

Grand Canyon National Park Rescue Team

First Responder Suicide Awareness with Dan Maguire

Covering the Ferguson Riots with Ray Kemp

Video Coverage in the Aftermath of Disaster and Mass Shootings

Hurricane Coverage with the Podcast Team

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

paragon medical group talks about memphis community paramedic programsIn this episode, we join our friends at Paragon Medical Education Group on the road in Tunica, MS. with an agricultural experience cadaver lab. We talk a little about what they’re teaching in Mississippi then we segue into talking about Memphis Fire Department’s new community paramedic model.

On the call from Paragon’s team were:

  • Dr. Joe Holley
  • Paramedic Jim Logan
  • Lt Kevin Spratlin – Program director Memphis RADAR
  • Chief Andrew Hart – Memphis EMS Chief
  • Lt Amanda Bowen – Memphis EMS Training

We start out with Chief Hart talking about the impetus for the ambulance services in Memphis to adjust their model to provide care in a different way. Rapid Assessment, Decision, and Redirection (RADAR) is how they focused their changed system. They have two chase cars with a paramedic from Memphis Fire Department and a Physician from Resurrection Health in Memphis to go out and treat non-emergent patients based on information from dispatchers in the 911 call center.

Part of the dispatch call center team includes nurses to help with telephone triage of patients who call 911 but qualify as non-emergency patients based on the standard call algorithms. The nurses then help refer the patients to other resources including the RADAR chase cars.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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mike-noone-disaster-volunteer-authorIn this episode, we are joined by paramedic Mike Noone (InternationalDisasterVolunteering.com). Mike is a long-time paramedic who moved into public health and disaster response. He eventually wrote a book on his experiences as an international disaster volunteer for those seeking information on how to pursue opportunities in these types of situations.

Get How To Be A Disaster Volunteer by Mike Noone on Amazon

How to Become an International Disaster Volunteer discusses the immense value an experienced water systems engineer, trauma surgeon, or communications specialist could bring to a disaster-stricken community, while also explaining how their professional educations do not prepare them for the logistical, psychological, and physical demands of traveling to, and functioning in, an international catastrophe with little water or electricity, limited sleep and food, a chaotic working environment, and with team members from diverse backgrounds and with different personalities.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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designsafe-radio-logo-NHERIDaniel Zehner from the DesignSafe Radio podcast joins us on the Disaster Podcast this week. He highlights the research opportunities at NHERI for the major hazard areas they look into: wind, earthquakes, tsunami, coastal erosion, and rapid response after events.  His podcast program focuses on the important work of the team at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). NHERI is committed to making sure the next natural hazard doesn’t have to be a disaster for you and your family.

Also on the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. We also had our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson on along with wilderness EMS educator Kevin Reiter from https://wildsafety.com.

Daniel is the Facility Scheduling and Operations Coordinator for the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Network Coordination Office (NCO). I schedule research projects for scientists doing research in the 8 experimental test facilities of NHERI, and oversee the daily operations of the NHERI NCO and our reporting to the National Science Foundation (NSF).

As part of his role, he started DesignSafe Radio as a way to help educate the public about natural hazards research and connect with new researchers and practitioners that may be interested in doing testing at one of their research facilities around the country.

NHERI on Twitter

DesignSafe Radio on Facebook

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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Sara Hathaway, Author

In this episode, we feature Sara Hathaway, disaster author and podcaster who writes post-apocalyptic fiction about the aftermath of global disaster striking planet-wide. Also on the show this week are Sam Bradley, Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group, and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, plus a visit from our disaster weather expert, meteorologist Kyle Nelson.

We discuss with Sara some of the common themes within her books and how while her books are fictional, there are some things that all disaster preparedness proponents have in common. We also talk about resilient communities and how they can positively impact disaster response and the aftermath of disasters.

Sara’s books are available on Amazon. The first book in her series is Day After Disaster (The Changing Earth Series Book 1).

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Narcan for Fentanyl Contact OverdoseOn this episode, we talk about something in the news quite frequently now regarding opioid overdose and responder contact overdose when handling or accidentally coming into contact with opioid drugs like Fentanyl. On this episode, we have Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group and co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis.

Dr. Joe talks about the facts regarding this type of exposure and how there is little evidence that it is true. Still, there can be incidents where some exposures can occur. Joe suspects most exposures occur through mucous membranes rather than transdermal routes. In his experience, this is rare and highly uncommon unless some sort of aerosolization occurs with the drugs in question so that the drug is inhaled or comes in contact with eyes, nose, and mouth mucous membranes. Even then it is unlikely unless simple and common precautions like wearing exam gloves and other basic PPE.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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event EMS during Mass ShootingsGlen Simpson from Las Vegas based Community Ambulance talks event EMS in the face of mass casualty incidents on this week’s show. Glen was the special event coordinator providing care for the Route 61 concert series in Las Vegas the night of the mass shooting incident on October 1 of this year. Join us as he shares his experiences from that night and how planning and preparation helped his team provide care during a very difficult incident.

Notes from Glen’s chat with the podcast crew:

  • The special event medical standby service managers should have first name basis relationships with public safety officials.
  • Special Event Medical Standby Services require professional pre-planning, assigning the appropriate number of well- equipped, visibly uniformed, ICS trained resources staged strategically throughout the venue. Ambulances should be well marked and located at least two points of egress.
  • Standby crews should visibly demonstrate their customer service attitude as they are on notice at special event gatherings.
  • Should an event or incident occur, ICS should be set up immediately by a trained ICS manager.
  • The special event medical standby service should have enough off-site resources to be immediately scalable. The company should be able to immediately communicate with its off-site and accessible resources.  (Very often, the event planners can’t or won’t fund additional resources.  It is necessary to at least have additional resources ready to respond even if they are part of your on-duty staff.)
  • The company’s communications center tech will be instrumental in the overall success of the incident’s management.  For optimal success with incident management, ensure your communications center is robust enough to handle a large-scale incident and that it is linked with the local 9-1-1 system.
  • Your special event medical standby service should give credit where it is due and should understand that sometimes there isn’t enough thanks to mitigate the impact of responding to tragic events.  Should that be the case, responders should be offered psychological counseling and on-going support.

About Community Ambulance:

Community Ambulance provides emergency (9-1-1) and non-emergency medical transport. The Henderson, Nev.-based company uses the latest state-of-the-art technology to ensure employees are given every tool to deliver patients and customers the highest level and fastest service. Community Ambulance, which is CAAS (Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services) accredited: the highest industry standard for EMS excellence.

Joining Glen on this episode were hosts, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, Sam Bradley, Kyle Nelson, and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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Disaster Weather Expert, Meteorologist Kyle Nelson

In this episode, our regular disaster social media and weather expert, Kyle Nelson, comes on to discuss the highlights of the recent International Association of Emergency Managers conference. He discusses new technologies and, most importantly, how that technology is being used to mitigate and respond to emergency situations like disasters.

On this episode were hosts, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, Sam Bradley, Kyle Nelson, and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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