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Family Nurse Practitioner and paramedic Rene Steinhauer, MSN, FNP, EMT-P rejoins us for another visit this week to share his thoughts on what disaster volunteers should expect and not expect when they deploy to disaster areas. Rene talks with hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley, along with Dr. Joe Holley about a recent article he wrote for the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.

The article, “If it’s not disorganized, it’s not a disaster” looks at the disorganized chaos that defines a disaster. Rene is a volunteer with Remote Area Medical (RAM), has managed disaster responses that include the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Ebola in Liberia.

Rene writes in his article:

“They should expect complete and total chaos. They should expect to find themselves in the wrong location. They should expect their talents to be underutilized. They should expect to be both physically and mentally exhausted before they even start the job. It’s a disaster. It’s supposed to be this way!”

Disaster Podcast listeners may remember Rene came on the show to share his book Saving Jumani about his response to Haiti after the devastating earthquake there in 2010. You can find that book, an excellent read on Amazon here for Saving Jumani.

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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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Wilderness-EMS-Textbook-coverIn this episode, we look at the brand new Wilderness EMS textbook written by a few folks, most of whom have been guests on the show here before. We have Dr. Seth Hawkins, Dr. Ben Abo, Paramedic David Fifer, and nationally registered Wilderness EMT and Instructor Corey Winstead.

The Wilderness EMS textbook is designed for EMS providers and leaders who deliver medical care in the wilderness, and those practicing wilderness medicine as part of a formal team. The textbook is a comprehensive, expertly-written reference ideal for this fast-changing and multidisciplinary specialty.

This first-of-its-kind text provides specialized instruction and best practices for wilderness EMS practitioners and students – crucial information for the success of today’s rescue missions. A strong foundation in evidence-based medicine, clinical experience, and field applicability makes it especially useful for any EMS provider in a wilderness environment.

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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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RAW-Medicine-PodcastWe are joined by Dr. Seth Collings Hawkins and paramedic David Fifer who come on the show to talk about their new venture the RAW Medicine Podcast. The show is a podcast about providing medicine off the grid. You can also connect with them via their Facebook page for the RAW Medicine Podcast.

David and Seth saw a need to talk on a podcast about the specific delivery of medicine in those “raw” environments off the grid. They discuss topics like the difference between wilderness EMS and wilderness medicine. A good way to think about RAW medicine is as “low-resource medicine.” You can also follow what they’re doing on their Facebook page for the RAW Medicine Podcast, too.

What is Wilderness Medicine? It is defined in the new Wilderness Medicine textbook as:

“Medical care delivered in those areas where fixed or transient geographic challenges reduce availability of, or alter requirements for, medical or patient movement resources.” -Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine 7e -NAEMSP textbook 2e -Wilderness EMS 1e.

Wilderness EMS: “Wilderness EMS is the systematic and preplanned delivery of wilderness medicine by formal health care providers.”

Also on the call were cohosts, Jamie Davis the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley, plus Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group and our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson.

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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.

burners without bordersIn this episode, we have Dr. KK Pandya (DrPandya.org) on the show to chat about his work with the Burning Man community and their disaster response team called Burners Without Borders. He started off his medical career as a dispatcher for EMS, then as an EMT, and eventually going to medical school.

In 2005, he was volunteering with the Black Rock, NV emergency services organization as a dispatcher. The burning man community rallied to send a support team to assist with hurricane Katrina response. That was the beginning of the disaster relief organization Burners Without Borders.

KK went on to share about his experience during Hurricane Irma where he helped operate a 240 bed special needs center located in a local middle school auditorium. He talks about the need for professional dexterity and putting away egos so the whole team focuses on getting the job done.

3D Printing and Medical Education

In the second half of the episode, KK talks about his groundbreaking work on 3D imaging in clinical settings (CT and MRI scans). He takes the 3D image data set and is able to create a 3D printable model of the anatomy for demonstrations with patients and for training of providers.

He’s currently involved in a project to send 3D printed models (based on CT and MRI scans) for practice of cricothyroidotomy (surgical airway) to medical providers in a NATO field hospital in Afghanistan. The intent is to train onsite medical providers how to perform this high stakes procedure on an anatomically accurate model. I am collaborating with an active duty US Army physician as well as several Veterans who have since entered into medical training as physicians.

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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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Cadaver DonationIn this episode, we talk cadavers and training in healthcare. We bring Dr. Joe Holley on the show to talk about a series of articles from Reuters news agency about the body donation system in the U.S. Joe was disheartened by the sensationalized nature of the articles and the challenges created by the difference between the article and what Joe’s experiences in real life applied science situations.

Suggestions for Responsible Cadaver Donation:

  • 1) First thank the person for considering it
  • 2) Look for a reputable entity – a university,
  • 3) Ask for references – from loved ones of past donations and from professionals who utilize donations.
  • 4) While there are bad actors out there, the vast majority are professional and treat your donation appropriately.

Before we touch on the cadaver stories, co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley talk briefly about reports of tsunami alerts along the U.S. west coast following a significant undersea earthquake off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska. Though the alerts were later canceled as the predicted effects never materialized, it was still a good example of how the tsunami alert system works along that coastline. Sam referred to the Alaskan earthquake in 1964.

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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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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