Rural EMS as an Austere Medical Environment Part 1

On this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we chat with Chris Prutzman, Director of Operations for Samaritan Ambulance in Oklahoma. Chris comes on to talk about dealing with rural EMS services in disaster situations.

Also on the show are Sam Bradley, Jamie Davis, disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson, and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group.

  • Level of understanding of County/City governments of the cost of the service
  • Level of understanding the patient has of rural ems and critical access hospital systems
  • Extended mission time of ground units with patient transport and how that impacts communities and mutual aid partners
  • Increased risk of OJI’s on EMS providers

This is a two-part episode. Check in next Thursday for part two of this discussion on how rural EMS lends unique challenges to delivery of care.

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